It’s so sleazy being Green

In Kubrick’s classic black comedy, Dr. Strangelove, General Jack D. Ripper frets that fluoridation is a Communist plot. Ripper is insane of course, but it certainly sometimes seems as if the Marxist parties are putting something in their own drinking water. How else to explain the endless cavalcade of rape and sexual abuse in their ranks?

Back in the 70s, the leader of the Worker’s Revolutionary Party, Gerry Healy, was notorious as a serial rapist. His secretary listed 26 victims of his thuggish urges. More recently, the Socialist Worker’s Party was rocked by allegations of sexual harassment and rape.

Then there are the Australian Greens. Pious hypocrisy is the Greens’ trademark. The party calls for more transparency, but its own general meetings are obsessively secretive. The Greens also call for clampdowns on donations, even as they trouser the largest donations in Australian political history.

But, when it comes to covering up sexual shenanigans, the holier-than-thou Greens are in a grubby league of their own.

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We are entitled to decide who comes here

One of the primary functions of a state is to maintain the security of its citizens. Naturally, a state cannot guarantee the security of its citizens, but it must take reasonable steps, or it has failed in its responsibility. A state which willfully ignores obvious threats is even more derelict in its responsibility. Quote:

Sir Harry Gibbs’ advice was succinct: ‘…a state is entitled to prevent the immigration of persons whose culture is such that they are unlikely readily to integrate…’ That counsel was ignored and, once again, Allah’s will has been inflicted on a society whose misguided generosity opened the gates.

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The NZ media need to stop telling lies

One of the below headlines and photos was recently published in the New Zealand media.

All four examples have headlines that are telling blatant lies. Can you guess which three I made up and which one is actually a real photo and headline?

New Zealand’s top Wheelchair athlete gets ready for the Special Olympics

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View from your window

Where do you think today’s photo was taken?

VFYW: Whaleoil

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Coalition accidentally misses another target

Old white men despiser, Julie Anne Genter proposed “Vision Zero” as the way to rid New Zealand of all road deaths by 2020.  After the cyclist was awarded Associate Minister of Transport status, she told Morning Report it was a crisis and urgent action was needed. Quote.

She said there would be a meeting tomorrow to prevent more people dying on the roads even as soon as the coming Christmas period.

“Tomorrow we’re meeting with Ministry of Transport, Police and NZTA, and it will be a longer meeting than what we usually have and we’ll be going through what are all the different actions we can take in the short term that will make a practical difference.

Ms Genter said people make mistakes but the goal should be no deaths. […]

“I think there is a lot more that government can do, we can put safety at the heart of our transport policy and funding and we can get better outcomes because other countries have taken a different approach, have lower rates of serious injuries and fatalities on their roads.” […]

“I’ve already signalled to officials – as we did during the campaign – that we want to investigate was would a Vision Zero approach look like in New Zealand.” End quote.

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LAST Days of Ham at blistering HOT Special pricing but there is a silver lining

Whale Meat Company customer photo of our frozen ham

Grab your Frozen Ham now, you only have this week to go to get your Frozen ham special.

All good things come to an end and the Whale Meat Company is running out of the Frozen Hams.

But there is a silver lining:

The Whale Meat Company’s Fresh, Chilled Hams will be available from next week and you can order for Christmas.

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Satirical image of the day

Photoshopped image credit: Boondecker

Burying the truth with garbage

Theodore Dalrymple once wrote, of a piece by Marxist Jurgen Habermas defending the EU, that it was “every bit as stilted as the thought behind it, as if almost every sentence concealed a guilty secret”.

Language is the expression of thought; as Orwell wrote, politicians endeavour to control language in order to control thought. At its worst, Political Correctness for instance, language “is engineered to remove even the possibility of rebellious thoughts”. Quote:

Contrast two statements, which I saw in the Daily Telegraph last Friday. The first is by Luke Foley. “The allegations against me today made public by the ABC are false.” The second is by Scott Morrison. “The alleged behaviour of Mr Foley is very, very shocking and concerning.” For obvious reasons I do not want to comment on what did or did not happen between Foley and Ashleigh Raper…

Foley’s reported comment above is fine in respect of the English language. Morrison’s is not. What exactly is he saying?…An allegation is just that. And if any allegation proves to be untrue then perforce however shocking is the alleged offence, it is not shocking at all because it never happened…

A second example is an article I read by Sharri Markson, also in the Daily Telegraph. She starts out this way. “As a politician Luke Foley counted on a woman’s silence and timidity – regardless of the truth or falsity of his accusers claims.” I ask, quite honestly, what does this mean? How did it ever get past a subeditor? End of quote.

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Ardern aspires to restore the reputation of politicians

Well, good luck with that!  OneNewsNow reports: Quote.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she will have succeeded if parents become more positive about their children aspiring to be politicians, during an appearance on Singapore TV.

Asked on First Look Asia if she entered politics aiming to be the one to make a difference, Ms Ardern said she aspired in part to restore the reputation of politicians. End quote.

Another missed target: Clare Curran, Meka Whaitiri, Ian Lees-Galloway, Shane Jones, Marama Davidson, Golriz Gharaman etc.  and that is just the red team.  On the blue team, the reputations of Jame-Lee Ross and the, as yet, unnamed affairee are amongst those needing a reputation restoration. Quote.

“I always saw politics as a place where you could make a difference, I always remind people of that, if you’re a child and you tell your parent ‘you want to be a politician’ you’re not going to get the best response,” she said. End quote.

Well, that is one success we can all agree on: The Comrade’s Captain’s Call Policy (CCCP) of driving New Zealand into fuel poverty is certainly going to make a difference. Quote. Read more »

Can we tempt you to sin?

Bacon roses

It’s coming: Let’s tax the ‘social costs’ of meat!

Lifestyle control taxes used to be on smoking and alcohol but now these the public health troughers, brimming with successful strategies to get more taxpayer-funded ‘research’, are after junk food, fat, salt and sugar. Now it is meat that’s the target. Whaleoil warned you this kind of ‘mission creep’ would happen.

 

An article from the CATO institute covers this lunacy. Here are some choice titbits for your edification.

Last week, a report by University of Oxford academics calculated supposedly “optimal tax rates” on red meat (lamb, beef and pork) and processed meats (sausages, bacon, salami etc.) For the U.S., the recommend rates were as high as 34 percent and 163 percent, respectively. Such taxes, the report claims, could save 52,500 American lives per year.”

It must be true if the academics say so!

To an economist, this approach might make theoretical sense. If the World Health Organization is right that eating meat increases the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes (in some cases, very much disputed claims), then consumption could increase healthcare costs. Some of these costs will be borne by others, through higher government spending or healthcare premiums. Imposing a tax equal to the true external costs of the next steak, lamb chop or burger patty one eats forces consumers to face the full social costs of their eating decisions. In turn, then, the tax will somewhat reduce consumption to a supposed “optimal” level.

“A tax equal to true external costs”… so consumers face the full social costs of their eating decisions… reducing consumption to optimal levels?  Taxing to meet true external costs, the mind boggles. Is it climate change, water usage, land usage, pollution or is it some other health-related ill effect?  So many buzzwords, sounding good, meaning so little, that the noise from these sentences is like an angry hive.

Now let’s hear the other side:

Yet, in reality, the presence of external effects is no slam-dunk to justify taxes. One must also consider costs, unintended consequences and the ability of government to assess risk and harm accurately. In these areas, the meat tax advocates appear off-base. The result is their proposed tax rates look way too high, even in theory, and it’s doubtful they are the best means of improving economic welfare.

High taxes, doubtful benefits, in other words, a socialist dream backed by academic troughers.

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