What do Richard Branson, Elon Musk and Gareth Morgan have in common?

How will governments respond to the social problems caused when robots take over the jobs of men?  The robots are coming to increase the ranks of the unemployed

Much is being discussed in the wider media today about the increasing presence of robots. These, we are told, will soon take over most of our jobs so that we will have a lot more leisure time. People like Richard Branson, Elon Musk and Gareth Morgan and his new political party (TOP) are all promoting the idea of a universal wage as a response to the massive unemployment likely to ensue.

The theory of a universal wage is that if everyone of a working age in society is given enough to live on without needing to work, the non-workers will not have their dignity undermined, as everyone, even those in work, will receive this universal wage. The other benefit, according to Branson, will be the increasing number of entrepreneurs who won’t be held back by the need to work to make ends meet, and so will be able to devote their time to creating new businesses. Others think that the unemployed will find fulfilment in being volunteers in society.

Such proposed ‘solutions’ to the problem of robot induced unemployment will prove to be inadequate and even dangerous. Utopia will not be the result.

1. The Secularist misunderstands the nature of reality

Politicians, businessmen and social scientists lack the necessary tools and ability to prevent the breakdown of society and economic collapse.

The social cost of such extreme unemployment will be massive, and humanist ‘solutions’ will fail for one very important reason. Secularists and atheists do not understand the nature of man and the nature of reality. They live in a little bubble of their own design and are incapable of resolving or preventing the serious issues that will face us. They ignore what God says about His own creation, and especially man, the apogee of His creative efforts.   Read more »

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Vote for Labour and you get tax, tax and more tax

via ZDNet

“This morning on TV3’s ‘The Nation’ programme Labour’s Housing Spokesperson Mr Twyford once again refused to answer whether Labour would introduce a comprehensive capital gains tax in the next three years if elected. However he spent some time saying how much they really wanted to,” Mr Joyce says.

“He also gave a sense of the scale of it – saying Labour wanted to use a capital gains tax to reduce house price to income ratios to about three to four – which would mean a halving of Auckland house prices.

“That would take a punitive capital gains tax and a massive increase in interest rates. It would be massively disruptive to the New Zealand economy.

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Garner drinks some Koolaid too over Jacindarella

Garner drinks some Koolaid too.

And the winner of the past three years is obvious. Jacinda Ardern goes from bit-player list MP, to now being our next prime minister.

How good is she? I asked former prime minister John Key that question on The AM Show this week. He said the camera loves her. He rates her. It was high praise.

Her handling of the Aussie mini-scandal was Helen Clark-like, no surprise given Clark’s former spin mastermind, Mike Munro, is now on Ardern’s staff.

Even National Party diehard Michelle “Bleed Blue” Boag was effusive in her praise, likening Ardern and her rise to another former PM: David Lange.

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Garner: Self confessed fraudster Metiria Turei one of parliaments biggest losers

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Duncan Garner labels Metiria Turei as one of parliaments biggest ever losers…and the Greens:

Winners and losers, the buffoons and the brilliant: it’s time to highlight the best and worst of the last Parliament.

The class of 2014 has come to an end, replaced by a street fight to determine who gets the best seats when the House sits again.

But just imagine if Parliament had a piece of recycled mahogany on its walls, inscribed with the names of the biggest losers of each term.

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Picture from Soviet daily Pravda dated November 13, 1957, of Laika. Image Source: Getty Images

Laika the Dog and the First Animals in Space

The Soviet Union stunned the world on Nov. 3, 1957, with the launch of Sputnik 2. On board, the small satellite was a little dog, Laika, the first animal to orbit Earth. However, Laika was not the first animal in space. The United States and the U.S.S.R. had been putting animals atop rockets since 1947.

Laika was a young, mostly-Siberian husky. She was rescued from the streets of Moscow. Soviet scientists assumed that a stray dog would have already learned to endure harsh conditions of hunger and cold temperatures. Laika and two other dogs were trained for space travel by being kept in small cages and learning to eat a nutritious gel that would be their food in space.

The dog’s name was originally Kudryavka, or Little Curly, but she became known internationally as Laika, a Russian word for several breeds of dog similar to a husky. American reporters dubbed her Muttnik as a pun on Sputnik.

Unfortunately, Laika’s trip into space was one-way only. A re-entry strategy could not be worked out in time for the launch. It is unknown exactly how long Laika lived in orbit — perhaps a few hours or a few days — until the power to her life-support system gave out. Sputnik 2 burned up in the upper atmosphere in April 1958.

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Bill’s got a dope problem

For more than a few years, going back to when John Key was PM and he would text me, I have been suggesting that instead of dopey flag referenda, that National should propose a dual referenda at the election. The two issues would be euthanasia and cannabis reform.

Both were rejected by several ministers and both John Key and Bill English. My argument was that the left-wing, who like to think they own these issues would spend all their waking moments campaigning for these issues.

It looks like I was right too…because National voters want cannabis reform.

Sixty per cent of National voters want personal possession of cannabis decriminalised or made legal, a new poll released just weeks before the election reveals.

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