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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 »

Time to start taxing fat bastards

The Doug Sellman’s of this world, along with all the other troughers in the health sector want to start taxing sugar, fat and everything else that people eat and consume in a bid to reduce obesity.

They like to compare normal everyday food products with tobacco…and want to use all the same tactics as used against tobacco, including increased excise taxes, labelling regimes and bans on advertising.

The one problem they ahve with their claims is that tobacco taxes are only paid by the smoker, the one most affected.

Their plans go much further and want to tax everyone including the bloke with the body like a half sucked throatie.

No one it seems is willing to embark on taxing fat bastards.

The same issue is being pushed in the UK.

Couch potato lifestyles have left the UK with one of the lowest levels of activity in the western world, and without change, the welfare state could collapse, health officials have warned.

A landmark report by Public Health England (PHE) says lack of exercise is as dangerous as smoking – directly contributing to one in six deaths.

Officials warned that the UK population is now 20 per cent less active than it was in the 1960s, with half of women and one third of men damaging their health through lack of physical activity.

Almost two thirds of the UK population do not do enough exercise, the report warns – while in Germany and France, the figure is less than one in three.

Officials say that without major changes in the way people live their lives, the welfare state in Britain could collapse under the burden of self-inflicted diseases, which are fuelled by obesity, alcohol and smoking.

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The land of the free?

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First they came for our dogs and I said nothing because I didn’t have a dog.
Then they came for our cats and I said nothing because I didn’t like cats.
Then they came for our education system and I said nothing because I didn’t have children.
Then they imposed Sharia Law and I said nothing because I was a woman and my place was under a Burqa.

 

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Photo Of The Day

Photo: Fred Morley A man carries the milk over rubble in the streets of London while firefighters battle the aftermath of the 32nd straight night of bombing.

Photo: Fred Morley
A man carries the milk over rubble in the streets of London while firefighters battle the aftermath of the 32nd straight night of bombing.

The Milk Must Get Through!!

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The Evolution of Marriage

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When Gay marriage was being debated marriage itself came under the spotlight. All of a sudden we were asking ourselves..

What is marriage?

Is marriage about children?

Is marriage a religious institution or a secular one?

I wondered about the origins of marriage, the purpose of marriage and how it has evolved from the past to what we recognise as marriage now.

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New victims emerge as Rolf Harris moved to new prison

Rolf Harris has been moved to a new prison because he was getting the bash.

Harris has reportedly been moved to a another UK prison for his own safety after being bullied by other inmates.

The 84-year-old Australian entertainer is serving five years and nine months after being found guilty of sexually assaulting four girls and had been housed at HMP Bullingdon in Oxfordshire.

But UK newspaper The Sun reports Harris has now been moved to Stafford jail, considered to be a “soft” prison, after being taunted by fellow inmates.

“They were keen to take him down a peg or two,” a source told the paper.

“He was moved to another prison for his own safety about two weeks ago.”

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Health nazis complaining about dirty politics

The health nazis are complaining about Dirty Politics.

Apparently it is wrong to challenge them and their gilt edged troughs.

They are even whining in the UK where a massive moan has been published in the British Medical Journal.

Online attacks on public health advocates have been condemned in the British Medical Journal, with New Zealand cited as an example of dirty tricks campaigns.

In an opinion piece in the publication Martin McKee, professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, cited tactics described in investigative journalist Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics book as strengthening suspicions that large corporations were helping fund internet trolls.

While some online critics were the sort of people “who in the past might have spent their days on a soap box in the marketplace” others were “professionals, paid by large corporations to attack others,” McKee said.

Dirty Politics alleged links between Prime Minister John Key’s office, National Party politicians and party-linked figures, and WhaleOil blogger Cameron Slater. It was based on emails and Facebook posts hacked from Slater’s computer.

Hager’s book also made allegations tobacco, food and alcohol companies were paying Slater.

Companies engaged public relations consultant Carrick Graham, the son of a senior National Party politician, who reportedly paid Slater $6555 a month to promote his clients’ interests on WhaleOil, and attack those whose work threatened his clients’ interests.

Slater has previously denied any claims that he was paid for content.

McKee said advocates of public health policies were paying the price of speaking out, and big corporations were funding campaigns to undermine them.

“Most of us soon realise that this is the price to be paid for taking a stand and refuse to engage with our attackers, whose main aim seems to be to provoke a hostile response that they can ruthlessly exploit,” he said.

Attacks of this nature were not limited to New Zealand, but had also been made on British public health professionals, particularly those active in tobacco control, he said.

So the paid troughers who push their pet projects are not allowed to ever be criticised?   Read more »

A whole club sandwich of wrongness, made up of many delectable layers of stupid

Len Brown is pushing through a ratepayer subsidised cycleway across the harbour bridge. There is no way his proposal will ever pay for itself and he is pandering to about 5 cyclists on the North Shore.

But whatever happens there don’t let him see this proposal from London, for a cycleway on the Thames.

The odds were tough, but we did it: London has just come up with what must be the silliest cycling infrastructure idea in the world. Put together by a motley group called the River Cycleway Consortium, London is fielding a new proposal for a new central cycle path that will stretch eight miles and cost £600 million ($965 million) to construct. Quite a lot for a pair of bike lanes, isn’t it? Ah, but these are not ordinary paths. These babies would float. On the River Thames.

The answer to London’s cycling problems, the consortium argues, is a bobbing pontoon strung along the Southern side of London’s river. This aquatic cycleway would stretch from Battersea, just west of Central London, to the newish business district to its east at Canary Wharf, protected by what appear to be waist-high walls. Given the construction cost of over $65,000 per yard of path, using the cycleway wouldn’t be free. Cyclists would need to pay a £1.50 ($2.40) toll before entering.

And then perhaps the best sledge of all time:

The proposal isn’t just wrong. It’s a whole club sandwich of wrongness, made up of many delectable layers of stupid.

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Proper national level weapons grade sledging

 

Kevin Pietersen has written a book about his time playing cricket for England.

It sounds like it is really just a big long-winded TL;DR whinge and a sook.

For someone with South African heritage he really comes across as a blouse, moaning about sledging and bullying.  Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photograph by Robert Wilson "They were looking quite bedraggled," says Wilson."And while they were having a debrief, I noticed they had this thousand-yard stare".

Photograph by Robert Wilson
“They were looking quite bedraggled,” says Wilson.”And while they were having a debrief, I noticed they had this thousand-yard stare”.

Bringing The Front Line To UK Streets

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