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Green Taliban fighter Eleanor Catton attacks most popular PM in recent history

It’s not that people outside of politics aren’t allowed to have an opinion. ¬†It’s the fact they do so pretending to have come to such views independently, and aren’t really speaking for a political movement.

Prime Minister John Key has defended his Government’s record on supporting the arts, following a stinging attack from acclaimed author Eleanor Catton.

Catton, winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize for her West Coast-set novel The Luminaries, told reporters in India that she’s struggling with her identity as a New Zealand writer, and is “very angry” with the Government.

“Coming and being an ambassador for my country when I feel that actually my country is not doing as much as they could for the intellectual world in general, but for the literary arts… It’s just a slightly complicated position to be in,” she said.

“At the moment, New Zealand, like Australia and Canada, [are dominated by] these neo-liberal, profit-obsessed, very shallow, very money-hungry politicians who do not care about culture. They care about short-term gains. They would destroy the planet in order to be able to have the life they want.”

“neo-liberal, profit-obsessed, very shallow, very money-hungry politicians who do not care about culture”.

…because that’s how we all speak when we say things off-the-cuff.
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Sensible resource extraction

The major problem with resource extraction such as previous metals, fuel and wood is that the opponents such as Forest and Bird, the Green Taliban and often also Labour take a zero tolerance stance.  That leaves no room for negotiation, and even in the event some initiative is quite sensible, they continue to try and sabotage any economic progress for the area and the country on the basis that the only outcome should be to leave everything just as it is.

I have a personal affinity with New Zealand’s native forests, and don’t like the idea of selective logging. ¬†The ecosystems of those areas aren’t understood the the point where we can just start picking the eyes out of healthy forests and expect it to recover.

But nature sometimes gives a helping hand.

Helicopters have started salvaging some of the native timber blown over by Cyclone Ita on the West Coast in April.

The storm destroyed thousands of hectares of forest, and over the summer hundreds of valuable rimu logs are being recovered from bush land near Lake Brunner to be made into flooring and furniture.

Each log is worth about $5000, but once milled and processed they can be worth eight times that.

“It’s strictly taking very small percentages of the highest-value timber out,” says Jon Dronfield of New Zealand Sustainable Forest Products. “The economics of helicopter logging are pretty high. It’s an expensive business but it works for a high-value timber like this.”

While the logs have been expertly cut to size, there were no chainsaws involved in their felling; they were flattened by Cyclone Ita in April that blew over hundreds of thousands of trees, potentially 5 million tonnes of native timber.

Instead of letting it slowly rot on the forest floor, the Government pushed through new legislation allowing a tiny proportion of it, just 2 percent, to be extracted over the next five years.

Letting timber drop and rot away is part of the life cycle of the forest floor. ¬†The argument that all (usable) logs should be extracted is akin to starting a sequence of events where the forest will not recover from the windfall. ¬†In nature, logs don’t get taken away.

But at 2%, it is clearly an acceptably low amount of timber to take out.  Especially since they will only need to take the commercially viable logs, and the ones that would normally be turned into firewood and woodchip are left to be part of the life cycle.

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Greenpeace vandalises World Heritage site, now being prosecuted

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Greenpeace is in the gun for desecrating a World Heritage site and is ow being prosecuted by Peru.

The environmental group Greenpeace has apologised to Peruvians upset by its stunt at the world-famous Nazca lines, which authorities say harmed the archaeological marvel.

The apology followed a senior official’s announcement that Peru would seek criminal charges against Greenpeace activists who allegedly damaged the lines by leaving footprints in the adjacent desert.

Greenpeace regularly riles governments and corporations it deems environmental scofflaws.

But the stunt timed to coincide with UN climate talks in nearby Lima may have backfired.

In a statement, Greenpeace said it was “deeply concerned about any offense” Peruvians may have taken. Read more »

Kevin Hague plays #dirtypolitics and becomes a stalker

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Green Taliban MP Kevin Hague just can’t help himself but dive head-first into the pit of #dirtypolitics like some pimp-whore.

Using stolen emails, Kevin Hague has taken it upon himself to be a so-called public health champion in Parliament on behalf of the‚Äúvoice of the public‚ÄĚ Boyd Swinburn aka Boyd Swingeburn.

In the process he‚Äôs become an obsessive stalker. ¬† Read more »

Spot the Green Taliban hypocrites

So, a short summary… ¬†The Green Party are

– AGAINST Five Eyes

– AGAINST the GCSB, for the most part

– AGAINST the SIS, for the most part

They are also

– FOR hackers stealing private information for political purposes

– FOR using hacked private information for political purposes

and now, instead of supporting data privacy, they want the PM to stop deleting his TXTs¬† Read more »

Listen you Taliban scum, don’t mess with decent people

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I wish I could give these women a hug.   And fresh ammo.

A grieving Afghan mother took bloody revenge on the Taliban militants who gunned down her son, killing 25 and injuring five of them during a seven hour gun battle.

Reza Gul watched helplessly as her son died while he manned a village checkpoint with his small team of police officers in the lawless Farah province.

But flanked by her daughter and daughter-in-law, she led a counter strike on his attackers killing 25 militants and wounding another five during a ferocious seven hour gun battle.

Seven hours. ¬†And she made it 25 zip. ¬† Read more »

Green Taliban true to form: votes against anti-terror legislation

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Russel Norman and his band of misguided men and women have made the pointless move of being the only ones to vote against the new terror legislation last night.

The Government’s anti-terrorist bill has passed its first reading in Parliament.

Labour cautiously supported it and the Greens stood alone against it.

The Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill has been sent to a select committee after a 107 to 14 first reading vote – but there won’t be much time for the public to have a say.

The Government wants it back in Parliament by December 2 and passed into law by Christmas.

It’s designed to stop New Zealanders leaving to fight with Islamic State extremists in the Middle East.

Some already have, and there are concerns about the danger they could pose if they return.

The bill will allow the Security Intelligence Service to spy on private properties without a warrant for up to 48 hours, and passport authorities will have stronger powers to cancel travel documents.

The Green party continuously seem to be concerned about the welfare of a few dozen people suspected of wanting us to do harm. ¬†Apart from being blatant saboteurs and traitors to our citizens, what on earth do they think they’re doing?

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National pressured into early release of draft Terror Bill after leaks to media

National is entering a new phase with it no longer able to set the timetable when it comes to when information is released. ¬†Reacting to a second¬†leak in less than a week, National’s released its draft policy over the weekend. ¬† And none of the framing they would normally be able to do in the run-up of such a release has been able to be used, so everyone’s looking at it kinda raw

The changes were a response to the growing risk of radicalised fighters returning to New Zealand to carry out domestic attacks.

Mr Key said in a statement: “As I said earlier this month, New Zealand’s risk and threat profile is changing and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been successful in recruiting New Zealanders to its cause.”

New Zealand’s domestic threat level was raised from very low to low last month, meaning a terrorist attack was possible but not likely.

Government has drawn up a watchlist of between 30 and 40 people “of concern in the foreign fighter context”.

The legislation’s key changes were:

‚ÄĘ Extending the period the Minister of Internal Affairs can cancel a passport to up to three years from the existing law’s 12 months.

‚ÄĘ Giving the Minister of Internal Affairs the power to temporarily suspend passports for up to 10 working days in urgent cases.

‚ÄĘ Allowing the NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) to carry out video surveillance on private properties for the purpose of observing activities of security concern, modelled on the Police’s powers in the Search and Surveillance Act

‚ÄĘ Allowing the NZSIS to conduct emergency surveillance for up to 48 hours prior to the issue of a warrant, with the approval of its Director and subject to the oversight of the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security. Read more »

Greenpeace ratbags get their beans from Spanish Navy

Greenpeace likes to protest but when things go wrong they turn into a whiny bunch of girls.

When one of the crew members ends up in the drink all they do is scream while it is the Navy blokes who get their kit off and dive in to rescue her.

It is astonishing that they tool up with cutters, grapples, helmets and safety gear and then wonder why they get sorted out by professionals.

Furthermore when they clearly are warned off approaching the drilling vessel they continue on. ¬†¬† Read more »

We’re not scared of no Green Taliban – let’s build more roads!

The righties in the UK aren’t pussy footing around – they know that their economy will be boosted by a good roading network, and instead of pandering to minority hand wringers, they’re out and proud.

David Cameron will today embrace what Margaret Thatcher called ‚Äėthe great car economy‚Äô as he unveils plans for the biggest roadbuilding programme for almost half a century.

The Prime Minister will announce a £15billion boost for more than 100 projects to be completed by the end of the decade, resulting in hundreds of miles of extra lanes on Britain’s motorways and trunk roads.

Can you imagine headlines like that for New Zealand?  All you would get is wall to wall whining from the Greens and Labour through their MSM mouthpieces, with just one or two little op-eds here and there saying it might actually be a decent idea.

Mr Cameron‚Äôs announcement echoes the ‚Äėroads for prosperity‚Äô scheme unveiled by Mrs Thatcher in 1989 to boost ‚Äėthe great car economy‚Äô, which promised the largest expansion of the roads network since the Romans.

But many schemes were quietly abandoned in the mid-1990s after environmental protests and spending cuts.

Addressing the Confederation of British Industry‚Äôs (CBI) annual conference in London today, Mr Cameron will say the Government is to set out the first-ever long term ‚Äėroads investment strategy‚Äô for the UK in Chancellor George Osborne‚Äôs forthcoming autumn statement. Read more »