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Four years old but so accurate for today, Thomas Sewell on Global Warming and other causes

Author Thomas Sowell argues that public demand for intellectuals is largely manufactured by intellectuals themselves. He says intellectuals make alarming predictions using causes like global warming to create a need for their services.

Which brings us to New Zealand.    Read more »

Breast is best

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Sometimes I come across stories that are too bizarre not to draw your attention to

Police in Germany are hunting a busty female who stole from a chemist – by spraying staff with her breast milk.

Police say the lactating bandit squirted the milk at employees to distract them so she could steal cash from the till. Read more »

Why international ranking charts on things like child poverty are b.s.

The left wing especially likes to trumpet international reports from places like the UN as gospel on things.

There is a recent report into child poverty that is currently being trumpeted by the left but no one bothers in this country to look beyond the report and the authors.

In the UK they have a somewhat more responsible and questioning press, which highlights why such reports are often nothing but b.s.

The British are a tolerant race, and we have long been used to having our deficiencies pointed out to us by self-important foreigners whose own countries sometimes leave a lot to be desired.

But there are limits. However broad our backs, there comes a time when we are entitled to question the motives of our critics — often highly paid United Nations’ officials fond of jetting around the world — and suggest as politely as possible that they should take a running jump.

The latest piece of idiocy does indeed come from the United Nations. A report by Unicef ranks Britain 25th in a child poverty table behind Chile (which holds the number one spot), Romania (12th) and even Bulgaria (20th).

Sounds dreadful. But is it?

Simple souls might imagine this suggests that children in our apparently benighted country are worse off than their counterparts in Chile, Romania and Bulgaria. It sounds shocking. My God, some will exclaim. This Coalition has a lot to answer for.

Of course it’s not true. The average income of a Briton is approximately three-and-a-half times that of a Chilean, over four times that of a Romanian, and six times that of a Bulgarian. Even poor children in this country have possessions which most middle-class children in these three countries wouldn’t dream of having.  Read more »

Child poverty is the new Global Warming

I know that seems an absurd statement.  But when I realised that the New Zealand parliament and the UK parliament were being hit about 25% of their respective nation’s children living in “poverty”, a light went on

A quarter of children in Britain are living in poverty, a controversial report by a United Nations agency claimed yesterday.

Millions ‘have fallen prey to the dangers of austerity’ during the recession years, Unicef said.

Britain was even ranked 25th on a child poverty league table of 41 developed countries – below Romania, Bulgaria and Chile.

Here comes the next left-win United Nations driven guilt trip that’s going to hit the “well off” in the pocket.

In the latest of a succession of highly critical reports about Britain by UN agencies, Unicef said child poverty in the UK increased by 1.6 percentage points between 2008 and 2012 to 25.6 per cent.

Topping a table of countries deemed to have best protected children during the recession was Chile, where child poverty was said to have dropped by 8.6 points.

Common sense tells us that New Zealand and Britain are not countries that have child poverty problems.  Yet this is a UN-driven invented problem!   Read more »

Slowly strangling the golden goose

TradeMe is in the “Top 10″ worst performance New Zealand stocks.  And it’s gone all luke warm and sticky on the site itself

TradeMe will scrap the 55 cent fee it charges for photos on more of its gallery listings as it seeks to persuade people to buy and sell more often on its website.

The company has already scrapped the photo charge for some categories, such as clothing and “home and living”, and changed their format in an effort to make its auction site more visually appealing.

Chief executive Jon Macdonald said other categories, such as toys and sporting goods, were likely to be given the same treatment before Christmas.

“It is a change we are aiming to roll out progressively over the next few months, though it won’t be across the entire business by Christmas. We are aiming to provide a significantly better buying experience.”

TradeMe says it has been trading in line with expectations during the first few months of its new financial year, with annual revenue growth likely to be in the low single digits.

That is despite indications Kiwis’ obsession with the online powerhouse may be declining.

A Colmar Brunton poll out today said Trade Me had slipped nine places to be New Zealand’s “14th most-loved brand”. That pushed it behind Weet-Bix, Fisher & Paykel and Pak’nSave.

Greed.

Greed and trying to use the golden goose to offset the rest of the Fairfax media empire’s dreadful balance sheets.   Read more »

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Is radicalism in the Muslim world a minority phenomenon?

Sorry for all the videos today – this is another one worth your time

Pope: Evolution is real and God is no wizard

Good God.

Delivering an address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Pope Francis continued his habit of making provocative, seemingly progressive statements. The pontiff appeared to endorse the theory of the Big Bang and told the gathering at the Vatican that there was no contradiction between believing in God as well as the prevailing scientific theories regarding the expansion of our universe.

“When we read about creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said. “He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.”

The pope avoids gesturing at the thorny issue (at least for some Christians) of whether humans descended from apes. Atheists argue, moreover, that understanding the Big Bang and what emerged from that cosmic moment obviates a need to believe in a deity. On that count, Francis obviously disagrees. He repeated the idea of God not being a “magician,” an entity that conjured all into being.

“God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life,” Francis said. “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”

It seems the Catholic Church is finally joining the 21st century.  (Can Labour catch up?)   Read more »

Is it ok to be a ‘Moderate’ pedophile?

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One of the main arguments people use when faced with the horrifying and barbaric acts committed by followers of Islam ( such as setting an Eleven year old girl on fire after raping her for wearing lipstick ) is to say that yes that is terrible but that was a fundamentalist Muslim or that was a militant Muslim who did that. Most Muslims are Moderate and are not like that.

Let’s see how this this common defence stacks up when we use the word pedophile in conjunction with the word moderate.Does it sound like a reasonable argument?

Moderate pedophiles say that the actions of fundamentalist and militant pedophiles here and overseas do not represent their beliefs. They point to the differences between them. The fundamentalist pedophiles go too far in their relationships with young children says the head of the Auckland Pedophile Organisation. We love children and honour them. We do not force them into a marriage nor do we rape them or kidnap them like the militant pedophiles. Our children willingly enter into loving relationships with our members as they have been brought up to understand that pedophilia is normal in our culture and is what is expected of them.We treat them well and when we discipline them for not following our rules we do not use the methods that the fundamentalist and militant pedophiles use. Stoning and setting children on fire is not what pedophilia is all about. It is about a loving sexual relationship with a child.We want New Zealanders to be tolerant of our differences.We want our culture to be respected. We want our own schools so that our children will not be exposed to the different belief system of the western world.We want Pedo law imposed in the areas of Auckland that are now mainly populated by our members. We should not be subjected to Western laws that do not recognise our different belief system.

We caution the New Zealand Government to think twice before joining other countries in their attacks on fundamentalist pedophiles overseas as we cannot guarantee that this will not result in violence occurring in New Zealand by Moderate pedophiles here who feel that any attack on fundamentalist pedophiles is an attack also on their Moderate beliefs.

**NOTE: the above is an example of Satire. There is no official Auckland Pedophile Organisation.

Islam as an ideology is fundamentally wrong. Women do not have equal rights. They are controlled and are considered chattels. Pedophilia is not condemned by Islam as the founder of their religion was a pedophile. It is an ideology that has at its very centre a belief that Islam must dominate the world and convert all to their belief system. It is a belief system that sees Muslims as being superior to the infidels which are you and I.

The word moderate is a smoke screen. You cannot be a moderate vegetarian you either only eat vegetables or you don’t ( in which case you are not a vegetarian. )You cannot be a moderate hetrosexual, you either are attracted to the opposite sex or you aren’t. How you dress it up is irrelevant as your core belief is what you are. At the very core of Islam is the belief that women are to be controlled, that women are chattels,that infidels are inferior,that marriage to a Pre-pubescent child is ok and that the world must be converted to and dominated by Islam.

We may find a head scarf more palatable to our sensibilities than a Burqa but the belief system behind the rational for forcing a woman to wear it is exactly the same. It is not about modesty it is about control.There is nothing moderate about that.

 

 

Where do you sit on Halloween?

Nasty commercially driven imported event, or a bit of fun for the kids – why don’t you loosen up?

As a country we’ve been slowly becoming more Americanised over the years – it’s aways been something of a cultural bogeyman that threatens the Kiwi way of life, right from the time American TV shows first started airing here.

Some of these changes are small and understandable – we are becoming a much smaller world, after all, with everyone being constantly connected.

Some are nonsensical, such as the image of Santa looking ready for a blizzard in the middle of our summer, or teachers accepting school work with Americanised spelling because that’s often what autocorrect defaults to. Others, such as the increasing “celebration” of Halloween, are pointless and should be wholly discouraged.

Halloween always reminds me of the scene in ET where Elliot takes the titular alien out trick-or-treating, and his friend recognises Yoda from Star Wars.

It’s parents taking kids out, an entire community getting involved and doing something communal.

All I’ve ever seen here in Hamilton is kids trying to skive free lollies from the neighbours with their parents’ approval – and it annoys me.

Ditto.  Especially when you have hordes of 14-16 year olds running around.   Read more »

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How would you like to pay $0.80 in tax for every GB you use on the Internet?

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The thin end of the wedge is ready as Hungary considers an Internet tax

Tens of thousands of Hungarians gathered in central Budapest Sunday to protest a proposed tax on Internet use, accusing prime minister Viktor Orban of attempting to restrict freedom of information in the central European country. Read more »

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