Individualism sets us free: Part one

ACT party Human Rights Spokesman
Stephen Berry

Photo supplied to Whaleoil. ACT candidate Stephen Berry on the microphone. Whaleoil writer and editor of the Rightminds blog Dieuwe de Boer to the left

I will be in the audience at Jordan Peterson’s first show on Monday night. Over the second half of 2018, New Zealand experienced significant cultural debates about free speech. This was as a result of a series of visits by controversial speakers and Dr Don Brash having his permission to speak at Massey University withdrawn. At the time of writing this (Sunday), I’ve been somewhat surprised by the comparative calm.

Auckland Peace Action attacked Peterson’s visit through the media in a farcical press release which led to their humiliation during an interview by Sean Plunket the following day. Tamaki Anti-Fascist Action has run a barely-noticed poster campaign taking some of Professor Peterson’s quotes out of context to distort his message. This is a significantly smaller effort by the radical left than previously. Social media comment sections appear to be overwhelmingly positive in favour of Jordan Peterson. Has the political environment matured in the last six months or is the left pacing itself for what will be a longer campaign?

Jordan Peterson is a refreshing global phenomenon. His messages of personal responsibility, individualism and free speech are a welcome antidote to the self-victimising narrative peddled by the regressive left through universities, thuggish threats and even parliament.

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Phil Twyford takes mean and petty to a whole new level

The Government is refusing to refund Road User Charges for truckies helping farmers in the aftermath of the Tasman fires.

The Nelson Fires Hay Convoy has been organising hundreds of bales of

hay for fire-affected farms – and paying for it out of their own pockets.

Around 236 tonnes of donated hay has come up from Canterbury over the past seven days and without it, farmers say they would be stuffed.

Trucking companies, farmers, drivers have all donated time, money and hay to enough feed to Nelson [sic] – and it doesn’t come cheap.

The running costs for a week’s worth of transportation is estimated at up to $100,000. And there is still weeks’ worth more needed.

National wants companies taking part to have their Road User Charges refunded as an act of goodwill.

The Opposition believes around $18,000-worth of charges have been clocked up from companies volunteering help.

It’s a really small cost for the Government in what is essentially foregone revenue to them, but it would mean a lot to the guys undertaking what is essentially a mercy mission,” says MP Andrew Falloon.

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Phil, $18,000 is chump change for the government, but it’s a lot of money for those who have already volunteered time and provided vehicles, not to mention the fuel for the trip.

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Now Jacinda offends India

Jacinda Ardern cracking Photoshopped image credit: Luke

Will someone please explain to me why we seem to be determined to offend most of our allies and all of our trading partners? Jacinda can write gushing letters of solidarity to Europe, ignoring the fact that we fought in two world wars on the opposite side of some powerful EU members, but when it comes to basic diplomacy, this government seems to have lost its way completely.

The ongoing conflict between India and Pakistan in the Kashmir region resulted in the deaths of 45 Indian troopers and most of our western allies quickly came forward to condemn the attack. Unfortunately, we did not. quote.

The fact that New Zealand government has so far not issued any public condemnation of the unfortunate killing of 45 Indian troopers in a terror attack by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Jammu and Kashmir is raising a lot of questions on the manner it is treading in its foreign affairs.

On Thursday, February 14, in the worst-ever terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir in last three decades, a suicide bomber rammed his SUV packed with explosives into a bus on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Pulwama district, killing at least 43 Indian troopers and leaving the security establishment stunned. end quote.

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Face of the day

Maylands MLA Lisa Baker.Picture: Justin Benson-Cooper.

Our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been described as a ” pretty little communist” and today’s face of the day, a politician from Australia has been described as a “Green communist.”

A State Government MP has been attacked as a “green communist” after she blamed farmers for climate change, demanded livestock be replaced with plants and called on people to eat less meat.

Lisa Baker, the Labor member for Maylands, prompted outrage when she told State Parliament her Government should encourage reduced meat consumption through concepts such as “meat-free Mondays”.

Ms Baker said meat-eating men produced more greenhouse gas emissions than vegan women

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They wouldn’t exactly make fun of Hilary would they?

We all know the mainstream media are unashamedly left wing and liberal. Gabriel Hays from MRC Newsbusters reports on just how bad the progressive bias actually is. quote.

Quote:Entertainment TV is far worse than news when it comes to progressive bias and hatred for conservative people and views. A cross section of nightly programming on major networks, cable TV or popular streaming services is loaded with anti-conservative, anti-Trump propaganda. January features at least 33 separate entertainment programs that attack conservative values and/or President Donald Trump while promoting a hardcore progressive agenda.End of quote.

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Shaw is surely sorely deluded

Shaw, with his Generation Zero and Greenpeace sycophants are forever on about ‘Zero Carbon’. Unfortunately National seems to buy into this nonsense as well and want a bipartisan approach as they hurtle down ‘the broad road that leads to destruction.’

Shaw, Genter, Ardern, Woods, Bridges, Muller et al who consider that human actions are causing catastrophic global warming have argued that New Zealand must transition to a low-carbon, or ‘decarbonised’, economy embracing scenarios in which a ‘zero-emissions’ future is achieved by 2030.

A paper online comments on the conceptual and practical challenges government faces in promoting such a transition.

According to the British Petroleum Statistical Review of World Energy 2018, today, 85% of world primary energy consumption is provided by fossil fuels (oil, natural gas and coal), while hydro (6.8%), nuclear (4.4%) and renewables (3.6%) make up the rest. Quote.

Much of the current public discussion concerning future energy transitions is based upon speculation as to the technologies that might be available, their costs, and the rates at which they might be commercialised.

Anyone can dream about what the future may hold, but it would seem more prudent to base one’s judgements on what has actually happened in the past.

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Elliot Ikilei on TVNZ Breakfast discussing China, Student protests & Lime scooters

China rift deepens

Liam Dann interviewed Beijing based New Zealander David Mahon on the subject of the deteriorating relations between China and New Zealand. His comments are sobering at best, and reflect a possible threat to trade at worst.

Mahon lives in China, where he established his business advisory network Mahon China in the 1980s. He has watched the New Zealand – China relationship flourish over the last few decades… and now it is deteriorating rapidly. quote.

Mahon has serious concerns that New Zealand’s relationship with China has deteriorated to the point where we may now face a political retaliation and our exporters may face border difficulties.

“We need to stay out of these things and not takes sides,” says Beijing-based Kiwi businessman David Mahon. “Because if we choose to take sides we will be crushed.”

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