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After the War...

At the end of World War II, huge swaths of Europe and Asia had been reduced to ruins. Borders were redrawn and homecomings, expulsions, and burials were under way. But the massive efforts to rebuild had just begun.

When the war began in the late 1930s, the world’s population was approximately 2 billion. In less than a decade, the war between the Axis the Allied powers had resulted in 80 million deaths — killing off about 4 percent of the whole world. Allied forces now became occupiers, taking control of Germany, Japan, and much of the territory they had formerly ruled. Efforts were made to permanently dismantle the war-making abilities of those nations, as factories were destroyed and former leadership was removed or prosecuted. War crimes trials took place in Europe and Asia, leading to many executions and prison sentences.

Soon after the Truman Doctrine promised to ?support free peoples? (March 1947), General George Marshall went to Europe.?? He was shocked by what he saw.?? Europe was ruined and ? after the coldest winter in record ? starving.?? Marshall told Truman that all Europe would turn Communist unless the US helped.

Marshall announced his Plan to students at Harvard University on 5th June 1947.?? He promised that America would do ?whatever it is able to do to assist in the return of normal economic health in the world.?

He challenged the countries of Europe to produce a plan, which the US would fund.?? By 12 July, the British politician Ernest Bevin (who called the Plan ?a lifeline to sinking men?) had organised a meeting of European nations in Paris, which asked for $22 billion of aid.?? Stalin forbade Cominform countries to take part.?? ?Truman asked Congress for $17 bn, and Congress (after the collapse of Czechoslovakia, March 1948) gave $13 bn.

Marshall Aid took the form of fuel, raw materials, goods, loans and food, machinery and advisers.?? It jump-started rapid European economic growth, and stopped the spread of Communism.

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Feed The World. Turn Off The Tap?

Lord Ashcroft tells it like it is

He urged the new Development Secretary Justine Greening to rebuff the overtures of ?self-aggrandising popstars and lobbying from self-interested groups?.

The rebuke came after revelations that the Government?s burgeoning aid budget was funding ?poverty barons? who were raking in millions through their consultancies.

Lord Ashcroft, who was made a privy counsellor in last month?s reshuffle, wrote an open letter to Miss Greening on the Conservative-home website, saying: ?I urge you to recommend to the Prime Minister to turn off the golden taps and? stop flooding the developing world with our money.?

The UK keeps forking out aid to countries who do not spend it wisely. ?In the meantime the only people getting richer are consultants.

Sounds familiar for Wellington “businesspeople” who indulge in brown mail.

Green Propaganda gone wrong

Green Propaganda gone wrongI came across a Green party newsletter in the mailbox the other day, always good for a laugh I thought to myself as I flicked through it, but to my horror, I saw on the 3rd page this picture!!

Now as a normal kiwi parent who has been indoctrinated in the ways of the meddling after nine years of socialist governments certain things jumped out at me.

Straight away where the hell is the fire guard around that fire? My God, there is a child under the age of 4 playing right next to it!!! The Dad (if he is in fact the father) has his (is it really his) baby (held securely) perched on his knee less than an arms reach away from the top of the fire, one moments inattention, and this is a disaster waiting to happen!!

Also, the woodbasket is way to close to the fire, looks like wicker to me, highly flammable!!

Not to mention the fact that there are two children ALONE with two males. Don’t you know all men are rapists, child beaters and kiddy fiddlers.

And about the fire. Please explain to me how this is carbon neutral, sustainable or Earth friendly in any way.

All this coming from the same people who are trying to tell us how to raise our kids, and oh no, dont give them a smack if they are naughty, but hey let them burn themselves and horribly disfigure themselves for life, thats ok according to this Green Party leaflet!!



Herald Editorial: Everyone wins from sale of state houses

Editorial: Everyone wins from sale of state housesTenants of state houses will shortly be given an opportunity to buy them. Housing Minister Phil Heatley has announced that houses will be offered to tenants at market valuations from September and Housing New Zealand will use the… [NZ Herald Politics]

Of course it is a win/win scenario, except for the plonkers in Labour and the Greens.

This news has been greeted with predictable disapproval from Labour, the Green Party and various advocacy groups who claim to be concerned for people in urgent need of a state house. Their preferred solution seems to be to spend whatever it takes to house everyone who cannot afford to buy a home.

On Friday I posted the video of Phil Heatley ripping Goff a new one over his hypocrisy on state houses. DPF has finally caught up on that.

The policy looks to be good for the tenants, good for their neighbourhood, good for those waiting for a state house, good for the taxpayer, the building industry and the economy. Good for everyone, in fact, except those who live on constituencies of state dependence.

Ouch, that i a stab at the socialists, the last sentence. New Zealand surely needs to wake up to exact problem that for more than 50 years successive governments have bred and indeed encouraged state dependence at the expense of individual self reliance.


Greens deny conflict of interest over firm

Greens deny conflict of interest over firmA taxpayer-funded Green Party pre-Budget brochure promoted a company in which its “Green Futures” superannuation scheme is a shareholder without disclosing the interest. The brochure on the party’s jobs stimulus package “Green… [NZ Herald Politics]

The Greens have always been hypocrites. Back when Project Aqua was proposed the Greens vociferously opposed the project. At the time they were promoting with great vigour wind techonology. Jeantte Fitzsimons was also a large shareholder in Windflow Technology the company that the Greens currently have shares in. Don’t forget the recent by-election where Wellington candidate Russel Norman was extolling the virtues of public transport all the while boosting his carbon footprint by living in Wellington and campaigning in Auckland.

The Greens have also promoted loudly their home insulation package and again Jeanette Fitzsimons has been a beneficiary of the change in direction heralded by that programme. She holds Fletcher Building shares. I wonder if the Green Futures Superannuation scheme now also holds Fletcher Building shares.

It could be argued that it was disclosed but you actually have to go looking for the linkages. For the incredibly dim, Fletcher Building is New Zealands largest manufacturer of home insulation products.

Calls for more transparency

Editorial: Parliament can be more transparentThe embarrassment that has shaken British politics since its MPs’ expense claims were brought to light, has prompted two members of the New Zealand Parliament, both candidates in the Mt Albert byelection, to NZ Herald Politics]

The Herald today has a call for more transparency with parliament including MPs expenses a call which has been echoed by Metiria Turei.

The Green Party has promised to throw open its MPs’ expenses each year – and Act and the Maori Party are considering that too, a move which will put pressure on the big parties to follow suit.

Metiria Turei used her first speech as Greens co-leader yesterday to lay down the challenge at the party’s annual conference in Dunedin.

She said all MPs would release their spending on air travel, taxis, rental car hire, Wellington accommodation and hotel costs.

Bloody good show Metiria, well done.

Of course one way to halt troughing MPs would be to make parliamentary service open to the OIA.

Some troughing MPs end silence over expenses

MPs end silence over expensesIn the heat of the by-election battle for Mt Albert, two MPs are taking the surprise step of breaking ranks with all their political colleagues to disclose their Parliamentary expenses. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman and Act’s… [NZ Herald Politics]

There is an old adage about politicians and being able to tell they are lying. The answer of course is that their lips are moving and today in the HoS we wee two MP’s whose lips have been moving.

There is much more troughing going on in Mt Albert than just the candidates. Labour is flying in all their MP’s with the little ginga tool spending the most time in Auckland when he is the erstwhile member for Otaki.

The media needs to be loooking very closely at ALL MP’s that are spending an awful amount of time, taxpayers money, on travelling via Mt Albert.

Of course it is very difficult to ascertain whether there is extreme troughing going on because MP’s refused to allow the OIA to apply to them. it is time it did.

Greens to help implement cycleway policy

Greens back CyclewayGreens to help implement cycleway policyThe Green Party will work with the Government to implement a nationwide cycleway after its support for the project was added to its memorandum of understanding with the Government, signed last month. A plan to invest $50 million… [NZ Herald Politics]

This news will seriously rip the undies of the “Green” bloggers at the EPMU/Labour funded offshore lap-blog The Standard who have taken to regularly mocking the idea.I wonder if they can restrain themselves.

Silly me, of course they can’t because not a one of The Standards paid bloggers is a real Green. All they do is run the lines of Andrew “Chicken” Little and Phil Goff.

Nice though to see the Greens really starting to differentiate themselves from Labour. We could really be witnessing the Greens starting to blossom and supercede Labour as the opposition.

As Kermit famously once sang;


Movin’ right along in search of good times and good news,
With good friends, you can’t lose,
This could become a habit.
Opportunity knocked once, let’s reach out and grab it,
Together we’ll nab it.
We’ll hitch-hike, bus, or yellow cab it.


Greens to contest Clark's old seat

Greens to contest Clark’s old seatParty says it will contest ‘important’ Mt Albert byelection despite Labour qualms The Green Party has decided to stand a candidate in the Mt Albert byelection – despite informal approaches by Labour people concerned that it would… [NZ Herald Politics]

Great stuff. I hope they pick a very credible candidate and run hard in this seat. The Greens though have a habit of picking also rans in Auckland so here’s hoping that they select a vibrant and capable candidate.

Labour though must be really feeling like Nigel No-mates as every party under the sun except Jim Anderton has a crack at them. my snitches in the electorate tell me that there is a fight on for the candidacy.

Bring it on, now if only Clark would actually resign.

Greens go bat-shit crazy

I know it is April Fool’s Day and this post at Frog Blog really had me going then I noticed that Jeanette Fitzsimons posted it at 4.11pm so well outside the 12:00 expiry of silly jokes. I’ll re-post it here in its entirety as it shows just how plain crazy these luddite lunatics have become.

In a bold move to combat global warming and the Government’s indifference to New Zealand’s Kyoto commitments, the Green Party is leading from the front and will immediately stop using most electrical appliances in its Parliamentary offices as of today.

“The current Government’s laissez-faire attitude to carbon emissions means that more needs to be done. The parliamentary Green Party has decided the only way we have any hope of meeting our commitments to the global village is if people flick the switch – permanently,” said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.

As of this afternoon all media statements will be hand delivered to the parliamentary press gallery. Rather than wasting power using energy-sapping computers, staff will type media statements on recycled paper.

Typewriters reclaimed from landfills will take the place of the energy-gobbling desktops and give the Green Party a distinct point of difference from the usual bland emailed press statements of other parliamentary parties.

To further differentiate the Green Party all releases around the ‘Green New Deal’ will be written using recycled fountain pens sourced from an organic Bolivian Emu farm.  Recently elected US President Barack Obama is understood to favour this form of communication with his closest advisors due to its sustainable nature.

It is estimated the energy saved by this initiative will cancel out 0.000000001% of the country’s Kyoto obligations and the anti-environment policies that the present Government is intent on implementing.

“This may seem trivial to the media but the fact our media unit is willing to get ink stains on their best clothes shows the commitment the Green team has to doing our global duty,” said Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons.

Note: It would be appreciated if, once read by the media, statements could be sent back so that the other side of the paper can be used the next day.

I note that their power sucking server sitting ina server farm sucking even more power from air-conditioning keeping the all the servers at a placid temperature is still working because their website is still up.

I also fully expect them to request the house to turn off their microphones when speaking in the house because that could easily be considered to be the office, it is certainly a place of work and so they shouldn’t be using microphones in parliament.

Parliamentary Services can go and pick up the photochopiers, PC’s, printers, switch off the air-conditioning and remove the light bulbs. They won’t need the light bulbs, they just have to get Jeanette or Russel to bend over if it gets dark.

These guys are bat-shit crazy, but at least they are banning themselves from something for once.