Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mole News

From NZCPR archives by Dr Muriel Newman
Extortion by a thousand demands
In a recent editorial on his Newstalk ZB Breakfast Show, Mike Hosking made the point that in spite of paying out billions of dollars in settling claims and giving numerous apologies over a 30 year period, Treaty of Waitangi grievances are showing no sign of ending. He called the Waitangi Tribunal a circus and the whole process a farce, saying that the public are completely sick of it all.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Lord Richard Balfe: View from the House of Lords - Understanding Comrade Corbyn

I have known Jeremy Corbyn since the middle 1970’s when he was engaged in his first great project which ended with downfall of the Labour Government in 1979. Jeremy went into the House of Commons in 1983 representing Islington North. 

I have memories of Islington North, I lived there briefly in the 1960’s and was never able to join the Labour Party it was a complete closed shop. What happened over the years though was that the closed shop became increasingly rotten and when the Labour Party eventually intervened a flood of new members went into the constituency and they were determined to choose someone who was not from the old basically Roman Catholic right wing of the Labour Party.

Matt Ridley: The scandal behind the ban on neonicotinoids

To those who have engaged with environmental activists in recent years, the concept of fake news is old hat. From Greenpeace’s hundred-fold exaggeration of the oil in the Brent Spar oil platform in 1995 to Friends of the Earth’s slap-down by Britain’s Advertising Standards Agency over fracking untruths in 2017, we have grown used to being told “alternative facts” that later turn out to be wrong by those with green axes to grind. 

The latest episode of environmental activists playing fast and loose with the facts, however, may be their undoing.

GWPF Newsletter: Green Lunacy: £450 Million Lost Over Failed 'Green' Power That Is Worse Than Coal

Household Solar Storage Increases CO2 Emissions, Study Concludes

In this newsletter:

1) Green Lunacy: £450 Million Lost Over Failed Green Power That Is Worse Than Coal
The Times, 23 February 2017
2) Green Lunacy II: Household Solar Storage Increases Co2 Emissions, Study Concludes
Energy & Technology, 31 January 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017

NZCPR Newsletter: Election Year Politics

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we look at the changing nature of politics and the election, our NZCPR Guest Commentator, Anthony Willy, shares what he thinks may be in store during 2017, and our poll asks whether you think race relations will have a significant impact on this year’s election result?

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Matt Ridley from the UK: The sinister assault on free speech

"In a free state, tongues too should be free,” wrote Erasmus 501 years ago. In truth, although Britain was often more tolerant than many countries, people have never been entirely free to speak their minds here. Blasphemy and sedition got you into trouble for centuries. 

There was uproar when Ken Clarke invited Oswald Mosley to address the Cambridge Union in 1961. The law has always rightly forbidden incitement to violence.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

GWPF Newsletter - G20: Merkel Sets A Climate Ambush For Trump

Scott Pruitt Signals Dramatic Shift in EPA Priorities

In this newsletter:

1) G20: Merkel Sets A Climate Ambush For Trump
National Review Online, 22 February 2017
2) Scott Pruitt Signals Dramatic Shift in EPA Priorities
The Wall Street Journal, 22 February 2017

Kevin Donnelly: We should not tolerate the intolerable

Proven by the latest bizarre ­example, where Muslim students do not have to shake hands with females, it’s clear that education’s politically correct embrace of ­diversity and difference — the new code for multiculturalism — reigns supreme.

As reported in yesterday’s The Australian, school officials at Sydney’s Hurstville Boys Campus, based on a literal interpretation of a hadith, told Muslim students that it was permissible to refuse to greet females in the customary way.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: BeeGate

How Green Campaigners Subverted Science

In this newsletter:

1) BeeGate: How Green Campaigners Subverted Science
The Risk-Monger, 18 February 2017

2) U.S. Congress Launches Probe Into Climate Data That Duped World Leaders Over Global Warming
Mail on Sunday, 19 February 2017

Brian Gaynor: Trump’s tax cuts will have worldwide impact

One of Donald Trump’s main election promises was to slash taxes, including the corporate tax rate. 

His election manifesto – under the bold heading “Tax reform will make America great again” – declared that he would reduce the corporate rate from 35 per cent to 15 per cent because companies were deserting America because of its high taxes.

Monday, February 20, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Polar Bear Numbers Still On The Rise, Despite Global Warming

Bates, Burgers & The Scientific Integrity Of NOAA

In this newsletter:

1) Polar Bear Numbers Still On The Rise, Despite Global Warming
The Daily Caller, 16 February 2017
2) It’s Official: Polar Bear Numbers Continue To Rise
Polar Bear Science, 15 February 2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Matt Ridley: A century of Marxism-Leninism

Human beings can be remarkably dense. The practice of bloodletting, as a medical treatment, persisted despite centuries of abundant evidence that it did more harm than good. 

The practice of communism, or political bloodletting as it should perhaps be known, whose centenary in the Bolshevik revolution is reached this year, likewise needs no more tests. It does more harm than good every time. Nationalised, planned, one-party rule benefits nobody, let alone the poor.

Lindsay Mitchell: Falling out over whanau first

Maori Party MP Marama Fox is threatening to pull support from the government over legislation that removes cultural priority when placing a Maori child in care. But her choice of words would lead you to believe she supported the change:
"Just because we want to provide a safe and loving home doesn't make it mutually exclusive to a Maori home," Fox said.
What she actually wants is the status quo - whanau first.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Europe’s Green Madness: Dieselgate Was A Political Disaster

Britain’s Energy Policy In Disarray As Toshiba Faces Bankruptcy

In this newsletter:

1) Europe’s Green Madness: Dieselgate Was A Political Disaster
The Wall Street Journal, 15 February 2017
2) Britain’s Energy Policy Thrown Into Disarray As Toshiba Faces Bankruptcy
Daily Mail, 15 February 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

NZCPR Newsletter: Taxing Commercial Charities

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we look at whether commercial charities should pay their ‘fair share’ of tax, our NZCPR Guest Commentator, Lord Richard Balfe of Dulwich, shares his thoughts on charity reform in the UK, and our poll asks whether for-profit commercial charities should pay tax on income that is not directly used for charitable purposes.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Met Office vs NOAA

The Battle For Truth And Credibility Over Global Warming Pause

In this newsletter:

1) ‘Slowdown’ In Ocean Heating Gives Climate Sceptics A Warm Glow
The Sunday Times, 12 February 2017
2) David Whitehouse: Karl et al. (2015) And The Return Of The ‘Pause‘
GWPF Observatory, 6 February 2017

Frank Newman: Recovering the cost of tenant damage

In April last year the Court of Appeal ruled (in Holler and Rouse v Osaki) that a tenant did not have to pay for damage where the cause was not done intentionally. The facts of that case go something like this.

Mr Holler and Ms Rouse rented a house rented to Mr Osaki and his family. The house was insured with AMI. It seems Mrs Osaki was a bit of an absent minded cook as she left a pot of oil on full heat, which caused a fire and over $216k worth of damage.

Guy Benson: Poll of US High Schoolers on free speech, 'offensive' or 'bullying' comments

Matt Ridley: Thumb on the scale of temperature trends?

Back in December, some American scientists began copying government climate data onto independent servers in what press reports described as an attempt to safeguard it from political interference by the Trump administration. There is to be a March for Science in April whose organisers say: “It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.”

Well, today they have a chance to do just that, but against their own colleagues who stand accused of doing what they claim the Trump team has done. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Karl du Fresne: A puzzling departure from normal practice

Is there any more intractable issue in international affairs than that of Israel and Palestine? Offhand, I can’t think of any. It’s tricky for a whole lot of reasons. One is that the competing claims of the two sides, Israel and the Palestinians, both have weight.

The Jews, having suffered centuries in exile, mostly in countries where they experienced relentless discrimination and persecution, have a right to a homeland where they can feel safe and secure. But the Palestinians feel aggrieved because to provide that Jewish homeland, they were displaced from land that they regarded as theirs.