Obama contributes US$3b to UN climate change

natoI meant to bring this up yesterday.

Can you think of a  more devastating headline?

Keeping in mind that the USA is the country that has to shut down its own government infrastructure because it can’t afford to pay for it unless it agrees it is allowed to borrow even more. ¬†Yet they have a cool 3 bil to give to the UN.

I’m putting $10 on Barry wanting a UN post after his stint as president. 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 ‚Äėhave fallen prey to the dangers of austerity‚Äô during the recession years, Unicef said.

Britain was even ranked 25th on a child poverty league table of 41 developed countries ‚Äď 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 »

Helen Clark visits Labour’s “war room”


Ok so this “war room” is in Tanzania, but the similarities are remarkable.

Can you spot them?

Kevin Rudd vs Helen Clark for the top UN job

How entertaining. Two massive megalomaniacs fighting each other out for the top global government role.

Former foreign minister Bob Carr believes the United Nations could do with a dose of Kevin Rudd’s “legendary forcefulness”.

There has been some speculation the former prime minister covets the UN secretary general gig.

The incumbent Ban Ki-moon finishes his second term in 2016.

While spruiking his memoir at a Sydney bookstore on Saturday, Mr Carr said Mr Rudd had his support.

“He would be a very strong, credible candidate,” Mr Carr said. “It would be the most natural thing in the world for him to stand.”

The race was wide open.

“I think the forcefulness Kevin showed sometimes in selling a case might be considered by some in the UN as an advantage,” Mr Carr said.

A lot of members of the UN general assembly liked Mr Rudd’s agenda and Australia’s international personality.

Hopefully they attack each others campaigns. That will be worth a big bucket of popcorn. ¬† Read more »

Could this possibly get any better? UN declares wind farms breach human rights

It really couldn’t get any better than this…the UN declaring that wind farms are a breach of human rights.

I can’t wait for Russel Norman to mount a tirade against the government for deploying wind farms when they so comprehensively breach human rights…that was his argument against the GCSB Bill, so if he is consistent he will surely now campaign against wind power.

Plans for future wind farms in Britain could be in jeopardy after a United Nations legal tribunal ruled that the UK Government acted illegally by denying the public decision-making powers over their approval and the ‚Äúnecessary information‚ÄĚ over their benefits or adverse effects.

The new ruling, agreed by a United Nations committee in Geneva, calls into question the legal validity of any further planning consent for all future wind-farm developments based on current policy, both onshore and offshore.

The United Nations Economic Commission Europe has declared that the UK flouted Article 7 of the Aarhus Convention, which requires full and effective public participation on all environmental issues and demands that citizens are given the right to participate in the process.¬† Read more »

Fraser House Leak: Pressure on Shearer to quit parliament

Image from WO Reader

Image from WO Reader

My tipster in Fraser House has some startling information:

Fraser House news tip:

Tim Barnett acting as a go-between for Helen Clark and Shearer.

The news is Clark will meet with Shearer either tonight or tomorrow night and urge Shearer to call it a day.

Expect a by-election for Mt Albert to be announced¬†on Monday¬†if Aunty¬†Helen is successful.¬† Read more »

The IPCC are a bunch of muppets I wonder if Peter Gluckman is too

The IPCC has constantly got things wrong and the 5th IPCC report is due out soon. Warmists and their enablers…people who should know better like the PM’s chief science advisor actually rely on the fairytales put together by the IPCC. Others like David Farrar go along with the mantra.

Leaks have started flowing with the latest report as Quadrant Online shows and some errors have been there uncorrected since the first IPCC report

Leaked reports of the Fifth IPCC Report, due next month, say the IPCC experts are now 95% sure that human activities and emissions are the main cause of global warming since the 1950s.

The same IPCC experts remain 100% sure that the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas are homes to tropical forests, and that they have been since 1995.

But given a doubling of global CO2, they expect the central US tropical forest belt to shift eastwards to Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois, even stretching east to Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Looking at my own part of the world, I see that the IPCC has Papua-New Guinea, Indonesia and the Philippines currently covered in savannas, dry forests and woodlands. But with global CO2 doubling, the prairies of south-east Asia will surge northwards to Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, even southern China.¬† Read more »

Connecting the dots on Shearer’s secret overseas bank account

via Stuff

via Stuff

So here’s this man, David Shearer. ¬†He’s got no track record with Labour, but they want him.


He’s done an awesome job for the UN, got an MBE from the UK (not New Zealand), and is obviously capable at some level. ¬†But why does the New Zealand Labour Party want this particular man?

Before promoting anyone internally?

Before any hard grafting unionists?

Before any social barrier busting gays?

Before any career politicians that have stuffed envelopes and walked up more garden paths to ask for a vote than Shearer has had hot dinners?

What is so special about him?

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Charlie Shovel is off to the world’s biggest piss up

gladys-pigThe United Nations is a pretty fun place. The headquarters hosts all kinds of cultural events. Everyone’s open-minded about the dress code. Delegates can even show up hammered to budget negotiations. Or at least they used to be able to.

At a General Assembly budget committee meeting on Monday, the United States ambassador for management and reform at the UN stood up to scold his colleagues for always showing up drunk to negotiations.

“There has always been a good and responsible tradition of a bit of alcohol improving a negotiation, but we’re not talking about a delegate having a nip at the bar,” said Joseph “The Fun Police” Torsella. “We make the modest proposal that the negotiating rooms should in future be an inebriation-free zone.”

Uh oh. ¬†Maybe Charlie turned up to the party too late? ¬† Read more »

Helen Clark does her Reddit AMA


As mentioned a few days ago, Helen Clark was scheduled for a Reddit AMA at 5 am today. ¬†It’s all done and dusted, and can be found here.

Every AMA has an introduction explaining what the AMA is roughly about, and some proof that it really is the person you’re talking to:

Dear Redditors,

In two days I will attend the conference “Making the MDGs Work: From Advocacy through Implementation to Acceleration and beyond” in Bogot√°, Colombia (event page:¬†http://ow.ly/i1xRF¬†). There, I will speak on the development agenda post-2015 and on what comes after the Millennium Development Goals which will expire in two years.

I’m looking forward to your questions on this topic and on anything else you may want to know! I will begin answering them at 11AM EST for approximately an hour.

EDIT 12:13PM¬†Thanks everyone – must fly. Tonnes of questions! Very stimulating. Let’s do it again some time. Thanks for your interest in development (and New Zealand!). Spread the word about the MDGs and the importance of speeding up progress over the next 1,000 days! Follow our big MDG conference in Bogota – on Twitter #MDGs2013 and¬†http://www.undp.org/live! Over and out!

Proof it’s me:¬†http://ow.ly/i1uCf¬†More:¬†http://ow.ly/hYgRI

“Making the MDGs Work: From Advocacy through Implementation to Acceleration and beyond”.


A few of the more popular questions/answers (as voted by the readers) are: ¬† Read more »