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What has Iceland got that we don’t have?

Iceland has scenery with grandeur, challenge and accessibility and so does New Zealand. We too can walk (with care) in high places. But so often we find visitors frequenting our great outdoors more than we New Zealanders do.

What has Iceland got that we don’t have?

We don’t have:

  • A team in the world cup
  • A curfew for youngsters (8pm for under twelve-year-olds and 10 pm for 13-16-year-olds in winter)
  • A plan for our youth that replaces drugs with common sense activities including plenty of sport.

The World Cup this year prompted me to review the changes experienced by Iceland over the last twenty years. In the World Cup Iceland frustrated Argentina the previous cup winners, to a 1-1 draw but both have not made it to the finals.

In Euro 2016, Iceland defeated England who (as I write this) may well win this tournament. Iceland has a population of only 330,000. What has been going on? Few will know its success story.

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Inappropriate misappropriation

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One of the young ladies reporting for the NZ Herald, a Ms Heath Moore, has written that “Kiwis have hit out at a US TV show after they ‘inappropriately’ used Pātea Māori Club’s song Poi E in their series promotion.”

Heath does not identify the Kiwis she quotes in her article so they may, in fact, all be herself. ‘Interviewing your typewriter’ is what we used to call it back in the day. What is puzzling about her report is that the music of ‘Poi E’ is in fact European and not Maori. The song follows a modern European structure rather than that of traditional Maori songs. The harmonies used in the recording are European and not Maori, and the drum backing the singers is a European musical instrument.   Read more »

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Debating with a machine

IBM shows off an artificial intelligence that can debate a human – and do pretty well

Can it be useful to debate with a machine?

After Sophia became a Saudi citizen in 2017, we now find IBM’s computers engaging in debate (against debating champions) and nearly winning. What is more, the ‘artificially intelligent’ debater has no human face. It is an obelisk -and this project seems to be an Israeli one! The Jerusalem Post writes Quote

[…] IBM’s new developed-in-Israel artificial intelligence system engaged in the first ever live public debate this week (article dated June 22, 2018) against two master Israeli debating champions. Who won? Depends who you ask.

At the media gathering in San Francisco on Monday afternoon, “Project Debater,” launched in IBM’s Haifa headquarters six years ago, more than held its own against seasoned human debaters.

In one face-off, Project Debater made the case in favor of government subsidizing space exploration, facing Israel’s 2016 national debate champion, Noa Ovadia, who took the opposing position.

Ovadia was judged the winner by the crowd of journalists in “delivering” the argument. While the computer’s attempts at humor didn’t measure up to the personality of a human, IBM outscored Ovadia handily on the question of “knowledge enrichment.”

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‘Contributing to climate change’: Meaningless words

Earlier this month, the New York Times featured an article titled “Hockey in the Desert.” The article concluded that by building a hockey stadium in Las Vegas, the National Hockey League was contributing to climate change. The phrase “contributing to” is used over and over by political leaders and the media to voice concern about human-caused global warming, but “contributing to climate change” is a meaningless phrase.

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Reflections on Trump

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I don’t much like President Donald J. Trump. He doesn’t seem to be a very likable bloke.  But who cares?  What I think of him is of zero merit or consequence.  Many Americans dislike him too.  That is of some consequence.  More importantly though, they are not letting their personal animus get in the way of determining whether he is doing the job they elected him to do.  His support base is shrewd enough to know “liking” isn’t a prerequisite for the man to achieve what they and he want for America.

The funny thing is that Trump, himself, doesn’t give a rat’s behind what people think of him, personally.  In fact, he rather enjoys getting all the media’s venomous slings and arrows shot his way because, while they are wetting their knickers over his escapades with Stormy, or walking in front of her Majesty, or firing Comey, he is getting on with making America great again.   Read more »

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Lindsay Perigo: Free speech is all that matters

Lindsay Perigo

Ladies and gentlemen

Stefan Molyneux, one of the reasons we’re here today, has a video on YouTube titled Why Free Speech Is All that Matters. In it, he argues that all the great moral advances of civilisation, such as the abolition of slavery, were made possible only by the existence of free speech and vigorous debate of the matter at hand. Without a free marketplace of competing ideas, Stefan says, we’d be locked into stagnation and tyranny.

Clearly, any man who could say such things is a racist and a bigot who should not be allowed into New Zealand!

Neither should his compatriot Lauren Southern, who likes to tease Muslims that Allah is gay a matter on which they are eminently unteasable.   Read more »

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Trump Defects to Russia?

The turmoil caused this week by US President Trump among NATO allies is approaching surreal. Time to indulge in some satire…


Helsinki was always famed for its Cold War intrigues and secret exchanges between the Americans and Soviets. But no-one imagined this delivery. The 45th president of the United States handed himself over to the care of Mother Russia, renouncing American citizenship and seeking asylum.

While Trump has reportedly gone into hiding somewhere in Russia, the US and its European allies are in an uproar over the “sellout of the century” – to borrow the property tycoon’s phraseology.

His detractors in Washington’s political and media establishment are in paroxysms of condemnation and, strangely, relieved self-righteousness. “We always knew it. That Trump was a Kremlin stooge, a Putin puppet. Now, finally, we have proof,” fumed one pundit.

Trump’s last words explaining his actions were more prosaic. “I’ve had it with this Russia collusion fake news screwing up my life for two years,” he told reporters before being whisked away. “I’m outta here. I got my eye on some nice beach property on the Black Sea.”

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Auckland free speech rally: A roving Whale’s viewpoint.

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Today I was fortunate to find I had spare time available to allow me to attend the Auckland Free Speech Rally, held in Aotea Square.

I was keen to attend as I, much like other thinking people, was astounded at the sheer arrogance of Auckland’s Mayor Phil Goff thinking he could ride roughshod over the democratic right of people to speak in a public place, and indeed to our right to listen.

So I filled up the Purple Ford with pure, Auckland tax-free 91, and headed south from Mangawhai, venturing out of the Democratic People’s Republic of Kaipara, into the heart of the city of Auckland, home of the tall spiky building, unaffordable houses and homeless on the street.

Well, the first thing I found was plenty of parking! A full 378 spaces available in the Civic carpark, and only Two Bucks an hour, that’s not even half a cup of coffee!

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Interesting use of colour by NIWA

Is it just me, or does the use of colour in the design of NIWA’s monthly climate summary for New Zealand seem designed to send a particular message regardless of the result?

Every month we get this intense red in the area of the graphic used to report the average temperature for the month.

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Right wing politicians must challenge NZ Media

RadioLive host Wendyl Nissen

It’s hilarious that New Zealand media commentators claim no knowledge of Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux (and likewise Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, Dave Rubin, Milo Yiannopoulos and Paul Joseph Watson) yet they all know that they are “controversial and Alt or Far Right” which is just their code for “Fascist.”

The mainstream media also quickly tar these unknown speakers with the anti-Semite label – yet the media’s support of so-called Palestinians over Israel is so rabid, they have depowered this slander.

They often add ‘homophobic’ and ‘racist’ for added insults as well, which considering that some of their targets are Jewish and or gay and married to persons of colour it just illustrates again how ignorant they are.

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