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Climate Action Plan: Crippling costs for no benefit

By Gregory Wrightstone
Gregory is a geologist and author of the popular bestselling book Inconvenient Facts – the science that Al Gore doesn’t want you to know

On April 29, 2019, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf released the latest version of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Climate Action Plan, announcing that Pennsylvania would join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition of 24 states committed to implementing policies that support the Paris Agreement — an international collaboration from which the U.S. has withdrawn.

According to the governor, “states like Pennsylvania must take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect our communities, economies, infrastructures, and environments from the risks of a warming climate.”

The plan’s primary objective is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 80% by 2050 in the Keystone State to reduce the temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere and keep future increases to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

Described in the 231-page plan are more than 100 actions intended to reduce GHG emissions, 15 of which are analyzed in detail. Each action involves increased taxation, increased regulation, increased spending or restrictions on citizens’ freedoms.

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The cult of personality

I like music, not just the melodies and rhythms, but mostly the lyrics – especially when they take you on a journey or encourage you to think deeper.

One such song I remembered from my youth got stuck in my head recently (like they often do), and its lyrics brought me to an unexpected realisation that was there all along. Quite surprisingly the song was Cult of Personality by Living Color.

A cult of personality arises when a country’s regime or, more rarely, an individual, uses the techniques of mass media, propaganda, the big lie, spectacle, the arts, patriotism, and government-organized demonstrations and rallies to create an idealized, heroic, and worshipful image of a leader, often through unquestioning flattery and praise. A cult of personality is similar to apotheosis, except that it is established by modern social engineering techniques.

The media plays an instrumental role in forging national leaders’ cults of personality.

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‘How to’ guide for the Liberal convert

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By Jesse Anderson
Right Minds

How to blend into the current political landscape: a foolproof guide for the newly converted liberal.

Following the Christchurch incident, many facts about New Zealand have come to light, namely the festering underground of white supremacy and Islamaphobic bigotry.

Probably some anti LGBTQ stuff as well. Eugh, it’s the current year.

However, a silver lining can be found amongst the ruins of the now-popped kiwi bubble of political safety: the media is finally able to tell us the truth about liberal left-wing values!

With the sudden surge of Islamophilic—I mean, honest and open discussion—about the true dark nature of New Zealand’s right-wingers, people have begun waking up to the compassionate and thoughtful liberal left and all of its acceptance, diversity, and regulations.

Sorry, not regulations, I meant protective measures to support minority groups.

For the newly woke members of society, or Babes in Ardern, the new honest and open landscape can be a bit daunting. You may not know where to step to avoid micro-aggressing against someone or triggering their PTSD.

For that reason I’ve written this handy guide to dealing with a few key topics now up for discussion—until they’re rightly banned for being hate speech, that is.

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Martyn’s knickers are in a knot

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By John

While making a rare visit to the Daily Bog (sorry Blog), to explore recent articles that had fallen out of Martyn Bradbury’s arse-about-face thinking, I came across one demanding that a newspaper put Hosking, Soper and Hawkesby behind their paywall. Bomber, as he is less than affectionately known, must have been having a particularly bad day to suggest that Mr. Soper be consigned to the paywall!

Martyn has got his knickers in a knot due to Mike Hosking expressing some home truths about those on welfare. Mike was obviously not talking about those in genuine need, but the types we now call the ‘nephs on the couch.’ This of course either went right over Martyn’s head or just didn’t suit his narrative. Martyn doesn’t wait for his article to vent his envy though, he uses it in his headline where he describes Mike as a multi-millionaire.

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When the Bible costs you your career

Cartoon credit: BoomSlang

They came for our Churches and now they are coming for our jobs. But who are THEY?

The Enemy Within.

When a person can lose his job for quoting the most popular book ever written; the top selling book in all of history; the book that is the cornerstone of every Christian on this planet… when he can lose his job for quoting the Bible, things are darker and more dangerous than any of us could imagine.

I cannot comprehend how Qantas, an airline that had its roots in outback Queensland and the pioneering spirit of Australia, can threaten to withdraw sponsorship of a team because a player quoted The Bible. It is nothing short of monstrous, hence my decision to withdraw MY support for Qantas.

I have long been a fan of Rugby Union. It is my Kiwi heritage. As a long time resident of Australia, I am torn between my love of the All Blacks and my support of the Australian Wallabies.

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Mallard acting like a bad-tempered goose

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By John

On Wednesday Simon Bridges was ejected from the house for making, according to the Speaker Trevor Mallard, barnyard noises. Simon denies this. On Thursday Nick Smith was named by the speaker after a verbal altercation and suspended from the house for 24 hours. Gerry Brownlee then, quite rightly, suggested the Speaker was a bully.

Last week Trevor Mallard likened the Hamilton East MP to a primate he had seen recently in Rwanda. In the Duck world, unlike the human world, evidently, the saying what’s good for the goose is good for the gander doesn’t apply.

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Birth of Tyranny: A lesson from history

By Aspie101

I’ve recently finished reading a book about a historical event, which, until I stumbled upon the book, I had never heard of. I’m sure many Whaleoil readers have heard of it, but for those who may not have, I decided to write this post which started out as a book review. I believe that in a roundabout sort of way, it’s relevant to New Zealand in 2019, almost 390 years later. A book that can get me thinking (a very difficult if not impossible task, many of my late teachers would have agreed), is a rare and wondrous thing.

The book is “Batavia” by Peter Fitzsimons, published in 2011, and it tells the story of the shipwreck of the Batavia, the flagship of the Dutch East India Company, (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie), or VOC for short. This happened in 1629. The events that took place after the shipwreck are what makes this story such a fascinating one.

To briefly set the scene, the Batavia was a state-of-the-art ship of its day, 650 tons in weight, 56.6 metres in length, 55 metres maximum height, beam 10.5 metres, and a draught of 5.1 metres.

While the Captain, Jacobsz, was in charge of the ship itself, the overall leader of the voyage was Commandeur Francisco Pelsaert, the Upper Merchant (supercargo) and an esteemed VOC officer.

The fleet of 8 vessels sailed on 27th October 1628 bound for Batavia (Java) in the Dutch East Indies. A total of 322 people were on board. The Batavia carried considerable treasure. During the voyage, the ship’s Captain, Ariaen Jacobsz, together with Jeronimus Cornelisz, an under merchant of the VOC, agreed to mutiny and seize the ship and recruited a small number of co-conspirators. Disaster struck, however, before they could carry out their plan.

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Political cowards

By George

I want to make it clear that what I’m about to say does not relate in any way to the significance of the Christchurch massacre where fifty New Zealanders were murdered by a single madman in an act of terror. The fact they were Muslim doesn’t minimise or maximise the atrocity. But the response to this tragedy is my base for comment.

Our politicians are cowards, and there are none more cowardly than our prime minister and her ragbag assortment of individuals that make up the Coalition of Losers; a very close second is the Mainstream media.

Muslims in this country are treated with kid gloves. They receive customised treatment, and extravagant endorsement from these politicians and meanwhile the radical arm of Islam, by way of record, has put the world on notice. “Convert or else. Criticise us at your peril”. The reason why my comment could be interpreted (incorrectly) as “hate speech” is because the Coalition of Losers “Can’t handle the truth”.

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Foul play in a battle for the national heart

Allan Joyce: Picture: Renee Nowytarger

It should have been a difference of opinion between two men, but it has flared into an international moral battle.
Rugby star Israel Folau, when questioned, gave a Biblical answer via Twitter, which was then used by others to create a firestorm of commentary and reaction.
Qantas, (more particularly Alan Joyce, their CEO) showed displeasure at the Tweet, and sponsor-hungry rugby bosses then decided to get rid of Folau.

The tweet contained a list of sins which, if not repented of, would, according to the Bible, land a person in hell. The fact that all the opposition relates to only one “sin” on that list, has been pointed out by many but justified by none as far as I can see.

Folau is something special on the rugby field. His accolades are many, and his athletic prowess is nearly universally admired.
Alan Joyce likewise is a champion in the business world, successfully steering the iconic Qantas through the fiercely competitive world of the airline business.
Now, out of their professional roles, they stand as opposing poles in this battle for the moral high ground.

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This truly is a matter of life and death

By Dr. Straight

A wise leader once declared, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter”, which poses the question: is there such a thing as absolute truth, which predetermines those behaviours that are decidedly and inherently evil? Or does right and wrong join the list of that which lies in the eye of the beholder? Perhaps it has become that the majority simply no longer care either way.

Once upon a time, the laws of our land helped us to distinguish between right and wrong. If a certain behaviour was deemed to be unlawful, there was a good chance that behaviour was unequivocally wrong. For those operating within the confines of the law, the opposite was also true. These were the days when the framework of New Zealand society leaned towards Christian morality in determining truth, and thus establishing laws. Nowadays, the definition of right and wrong is settled according to individual whim. No longer can we look to the government as a means to set our moral, or even ethical, compass.

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