Wednesday, October 18, 2017

GWPF Newsletter - Tony Abbott’s Victory: Australian Govt Dumps Green Energy Target

Labor Party Accuses Turnbull Of Capitulating To Abbott

In this newsletter:

1) Tony Abbott’s Victory As Australian Govt Dumps Green Energy Target
ABC News, 17 October 2017

2) Labor Party Accuses Prime Minister Turnbull Of Capitulating To Tony Abbott
The Advertiser, 16 October 2017

Mole News

Trampers told not to climb Tongariro Crossing's Mount Doom
Trampers seeking to climb Mt Ngauruhoe, or "Mt Doom", will be asked to show "respect" for the mountain by giving up their quest.

The popular trek up Mt Ngauruhoe, a feature of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, is an added bonus for keen walkers who embark on the 20-kilometre journey along one of New Zealand's nine Great Walks.

Monday, October 16, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: World Bank "Abandons The Poor"

Climate Science Has Become Non-Popperian

In this newsletter:

1) New GWPF Report: World Bank "Abandons The Poor"

Globe Newswire, 14 October 2017

A new report: 'The Anti-Development Bank: The World Bank's Regressive Energy Policies' by the London-based Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) finds that the World Bank has abdicated its primary mission of tackling poverty in the developing world.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Karl du Fresne: Licensing trusts - a great social experiment that mostly failed

It probably comes as a surprise to many people to learn there are still places in New Zealand where it’s not possible to buy wine or beer in a supermarket. Invercargill is one such place. West Auckland is another.

These are not “dry” areas, where local voters have chosen to remain liquor-free. New Zealand lost the last of those (two in Auckland, one in Wellington) in 1999.

Frank Newman: October crashes

“October: This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August and February.” (Mark Twain.)

It's thirty years since the 1987 sharemarket crash - Monday the 19th of October 1987 (US time) to be precise. Wall Street had its biggest one-day fall in the history of the stock exchange, down 22 percent.

Murray Reid: Rangiaowhia Affair

Two years ago, I learnt that my grandsons are direct descendants of Thomas Power and Rahapa te Hauata. Until then I was ignorant of the history of the settlement at Rangiaowhia. To improve my knowledge, I visited the site and the Te Awamutu Museum. The museum has an impressive display of the locality and holds the Taonga of Mrs. Power, gifted to the museum by the West family. I then did follow up research on the genealogy of the couple and read up on what I could find.

A few weeks later at a historical group meeting I mentioned my family’s connection to Rangiaowhia to be told by a Kaumatua of a NE Waikato Iwi that “that was where the British locked over 100 Maori men, women and children in the church and burnt them to death.”

NZCPR Weekly: Creating a Legacy for Growth

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

In this week’s newsletter we look at how New Zealand First’s election promise to reduce company tax could create a legacy of growth for New Zealand – if it is part of a coalition deal; our NZCPR Guest Commentator Professor Richard Epstein reviews the latest US tax reform plans to reduce corporate tax from 35 percent to 20 percent; and in this week’s poll we ask whether you would like to see New Zealand’s 28 percent company tax rate reduced as part of a coalition deal.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

GWPF Newsletter - October Arctic Surprise: Rapid Recovery Of Ice Extent

Tony Abbott, Green Attacks And Ridley’s Paradox

In this newsletter:

1) October Arctic Surprise: Rapid Recovery Of Ice Extent
Ron Clutz, Science Matters, 7 October 2017
2) Tony Abbott, Green Attacks And Ridley’s Paradox
Paul Matthews, Climate Scepticism, 10 October 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Tony Abbott's GWPF Lecture Makes Waves Down Under

Under Growing Pressure, Australian Government Ditches Green Energy Target

In this newsletter:

1) Tony Abbott Calls For Climate Pushback As CET Goes Cold
The Australian, 10 October 2017 
2) On Eve Of Tony Abbott’s GWPF Lecture, Australian Government Ditches Green Energy Target
The Courier & Mail, 9 October 2017 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Lee Harding: Taking the Air out of Airbnb

In Canada, Airbnb is getting…well…deflated. The ironic reason is that it has become too popular.

Airbnb is an online service for “Air bed and breakfast.” It’s for guests who want a cheap place to stay the night, even if it’s on an air mattress. Since its 2008 launch in San Francisco, Airbnb has exploded in popularity, boasting a net worth of $31 billion, having hosted more than 200 million guests in over 65,000 cities and 191 countries.

Melanie Phillips: The Vanishing Conservative Party

You really do have to feel for Theresa May over her catastrophic party conference speech. With a heckler who got far too close, a prolonged coughing fit and a visibly disintegrating party slogan backdrop, this concatenation of calamities would have shaken the hardiest of performers. Someone reportedly as shy as Mrs May must be in agony over the whole thing.
Cruelly, the debacle is being portrayed as a metaphor for Mrs May’s premiership. Her grip on power is supposedly melting away, just as her speech evaporated under the merciless heat of exposure. Accordingly, it is being widely reported that she is now done for and this weekend the plotters will seize their opportunity finally to lever her out of office.

NZCPR Weekly: Proportional Representation – Disproportional Influence

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In this week’s newsletter we reflect on the final election result, coalition formation, and the demise of the Maori Party, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Karl du Fresne looks at the perversities of MMP, and in this week’s poll we ask which electoral system you prefer – MMP or First Past the Post.

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Frank Newman: Creaming it

A few weeks back Fonterra disclosed that its chief executive received remuneration of $8.3m in the year ended July 2017, making him New Zealand's highest paid chief executive. That payment includes base salary, bonuses and other benefits and works out to be about $4,150 an hour!

By way of comparison, the average hourly rate for a heavy truck driver is in the region of $20 to $25, and the average income in New Zealand is about $30 an hour. The Prime Minister receives about $460,000 a year, or $230 an hour, assuming an average working week which his is not.

Friday, October 6, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Climate Science Controversy Is Good For Science

Reality Check: The Pacific Ocean Is Seeing
‘One Of The Quietest Typhoon Seasons On Record’

In this newsletter:

1) New Study: Climate Science Controversy Is Good For Science
Craig Idso, Watts Up With That, 4 October 2017  
2) New Paper: Is Climate Change Controversy Good For Science?
Ferenc Jankó, Judit Papp Vancsó and Norbert Móricz, Scientometrics - September 2017, Volume 112, Issue 3, pp 1745–1759 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

GWPF Newsletter - New Study: Global Warming Standstill Confirmed, Climate Models Wrong

EPA Takes First Steps To Repeal Obama’s Climate Regulation

In this newsletter:

1) New Study: Global Warming Standstill Confirmed, Climate Models Wrong
GWPF Science, 3 October 2017 
2) EPA Takes First Steps To Repeal Obama’s Climate Regulation
Reuters, 4 October 2017

Mole News

Business embrace of kaupapa Māori is real
Many companies have been incorporating Māori initiatives into their advertising and making themselves more kaupapa Māori-friendly.

Spark launched its first Te Reo Māori narrated advertising, Vodafone released its Say it Tika app with Google to help correct the pronunciation of Māori place names, and Stuff introduced macrons for Māori words on its site and in newspapers.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Karl du Fresne: Post-election hiatus illustrates the perversity of MMP

The only thing that can be said with any certainty about the next New Zealand government is that it will look very different from the last one.

National party prime minister Bill English won an emphatic 13-seat majority over the opposition Labour party at the weekend in an election result that defied the pattern of history. But the vagaries of New Zealand’s mixed-member proportional electoral system mean it could be weeks before the shape of the new government is finalised, and no one can be sure what form it will take. Paradoxically, it may not include the National party.

GWPF Newsletter: Climate Scientists Mislead The World About Great Barrier Reef

Chief Science Adviser Attacks Scientists’ Political ‘Arrogance’

In this newsletter:

1) How Climate Scientists Mislead The World About The Great Barrier Reef
GWPF Science, 1 October 2017
2) Reminder: Activist Scientists ‘Exaggerated’ Coral Bleaching
GWPF Science 4 June 2016 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Matt Ridley: Robot farming will bring great benefits to all

If you will forgive the outburst of alliteration, the harvesting of a “hands-free hectare” at Harper Adams University has made headlines all around the world, in the technology press as well as the farming press. A crop of Shropshire barley was sown, fertilised, sprayed and harvested by robot tractors, drones and a robot combine harvester, without a human being setting foot in the field.

The yield was low and the cost was high, but the point was made. The mechanisation of agriculture is progressing rapidly towards the point that some crops can be grown with almost no labour. 

Brian Gaynor: Many twists left yet on road to Brexit

Brexit is the main topic of conversation in British and Irish business circles at present. The focus is on the controversial divorce between two economic entities that appeared to have a good, albeit imperfect, relationship.

The United Kingdom wants to have its cake and eat it too, as it has decided to leave the European Union but wishes to hold on to many of its membership benefits. The EU cannot allow the UK to leave and continue to trade with EU countries under the same free trade agreements as it has had over the past 44 years.