Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mole News


Waikato-Tainui tax bill a disgrace
The self-congratulations by Waikato-Tainui for its record profit announcement today is soured by the fact it doesn’t pay company tax on the vast majority of its investments, points out the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. The tribal authority, Te Whakakitenga o Waikato, today announced a net profit of $137.8 million, an increase in tribal wealth by $128 million to $1.07 billion, despite the group paying only twelve thousand dollars of income tax in the previous financial year. The small amount is because most of the tribe’s commercial investments can avoid paying company tax, even if no profits are distributed or spent on the tribe’s charitable activities.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

NZCPR Weekly: Major Election Policies Announced



Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week, we look at two controversial election policy announcements – by the Greens and New Zealand First, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Michael Coote outlines how Winston Peters could become a stabilising coalition force that keeps the extremist Green and Maori Parties out of Government, and this week’s poll asks whether you believe National should re-affirm its policy to abolish the Maori seats.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Brian Giesbrecht from Canada: University Succumbs to Politically Correct Nonsense


Why is the university pretending indigenous knowledge and science are the equivalent of our written knowledge base?

I recently listened to an interview of the new head of the University of Manitoba’s Indigenous Knowledge department on CBC radio. She articulately explained that “traditional knowledge” and “indigenous science” have been vital to the survival of the aboriginal culture.

A hunter-gatherer culture depended on information about the movement of animals, weather changes and the medicinal properties of plants, for instance. This important information was passed on orally through many generations, she noted. Because aboriginal culture had no written languages, “keepers” of this knowledge had a special place in the culture.

Nicholas Kerr from the US: Charlie Gard and the need for limited government


A few days after our first child was born, our pediatrician commented at a check-up, “Isn’t it funny that last week you’d never even met Penelope, and now you’d lay down in front of a bus for her?” 

I recalled this as I followed the tragic story of 10-month-old Charlie Gard who suffers from a rare genetic condition. Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) determined that nothing could be done to save him, but his parents wanted to try an experimental treatment in the United States. His doctors did not believe this was in Charlie’s best interests, took the case to court, and won. His parents exhausted all their appeals last week and it appears Charlie will soon be taken off life support.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Matt Ridley: How the electric car revolution could backfire


The British government is under pressure to follow France and Volvo in promising to set a date by which to ban diesel and petrol engines in cars and replace them with electric motors. It should resist the temptation, not because the ambition is wrong but because coercion could backfire.

The electric motor is older than the internal combustion engine by about half a century. Since taking over factories from the steam piston engine at the end of the 19th century, it has become ubiquitous. Twinned with its opposite number, the turbine (which turns work into electricity, rather than vice versa), it drives machines in factories, opens doors, raises lifts, prepares food, brushes teeth and washes plates.

GWPF Newsletter: The Truth About Green Subsidies








In this newsletter:

1) As Japan Cuts Green Subsidies, Up To 100 Japanese Solar Firms Could Go Bust This Year
PV Tech, 18 July 2017

2) As Green Subsidies Dry Up, Ontario Wind Turbine Factory Closes, Shedding Hundreds Of Jobs
Toronto Sun, 18 July 2017

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Will The Sun Put The Brakes On Global Warming?








The Hiatus: One Message For Politicians, Another For Scientists

In this newsletter:

1) Will The Sun Put The Brakes On Global Warming?
Fox News, 16 July 2017
 
2) The Hiatus: One Message For Politicians, Another For Scientists
GWPF Observatory, 17 July 2017 

Brian Arrandale: Immigration Matters - a view point



As an immigrant to New Zealand in the late 1950’s; from being a 10 pound “Pom” happily domiciled in Australia, (finding that a first holiday abroad can lead to very quickly to further immigration, especially so, when it involves the opposite sex)! 

Like many I have mixed feelings regarding immigration, which has been a feature of the developed world since time began. The real question regarding this country and the influx of immigrants is that our infrastructure has lagged well behind. We are unable to cope with this yearly influx at the present rate; and we will continue to fall steadily back and never be able to close this ever widening gap.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Population Doomster Paul Ehrlich’s New Eco-Scare: ‘Biological Annihilation’








We Are in Era of Mass Extinction — Of Reason

In this newsletter:

1) Population Doomster Paul Ehrlich’s New Eco-Scare: ‘Biological Annihilation’
Reason Online, 12 July 2017

2) Earth Is Not In The Midst Of A Sixth Mass Extinction
The Atlantic, 13 June 2017

NZCPR Weekly: Banning Begging



Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week, we look at public safety in New Zealand and problems caused by law changes, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Sir Robert Jones explains why begging should be prohibited, and this week’s poll asks whether you would support a ban on begging.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Barend Vlaardingerbroek: The new European ‘hipster right’ and the question of identity


They want to preserve the racial and cultural identity of Europe. They want to deport non-European immigrants. They want to close down the mosques. They want to reassert Europe as being of, and for, Europeans.

No, we’re not on about some bunch of old closet Nazis grumbling into their beards. They’re young, they’re bright, they’re well educated and brimming with worldly savvy. They are referred to as the ‘hipster right’ – the Identitarian Movement.

Brian Gaynor: Red tape tying business in knots


The massive increase in rules, regulations and compliance is one of the major issues facing New Zealand businesses. This regulatory imposition is accelerating, even though we have a right of centre, supposedly business-friendly Government.

Board and management meetings are now clogged with compliance issues and attendees often have little time to discuss long term strategic plans.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Karl du Fresne: We gave young drinkers a chance - and they blew it


I’m going to surprise myself in this column by reluctantly conceding that the legal age for the purchase of liquor should be returned to 20.

For decades, I have argued in favour of liberalised liquor laws. And for the most part, I believe I have been proved right. Thanks to gradual liberalisation, most of the alcohol drunk in New Zealand today is consumed in vastly more civilised conditions than when I began patronising pubs.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Most Europeans And 2/3 Of Britons Reject IPCC ‘Climate Consensus’








Everything You Have Read About Melting Greenland Is Wrong

In this newsletter:

1) New Poll: Most Europeans And 2/3 Of Britons Reject IPCC ‘Climate Consensus’
Global Warming Policy Forum, 12 July 2017 
 
2) Everything You Have Read About Melting Greenland Is Wrong
No Tricks Zone, 12 July 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Climate Models = Climate Astrology








Climate Scientists Now Predict Wet Future For California

In this newsletter:

1) Climate Astrology: Climate Scientists Now Predict Wet Future For California
UPI, 6 July 2017
 
2) Red Teaming: Trump Administration Plans To Re-Assess Climate Science In Series Of Reviews
CBC News, 6 July 2017

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Frank Newman: No trust in landowners


Last week commissioners began hearing submissions on what is the most significant change in Whangarei District Council planning rules in decades. Alarmingly, few people actually realise the new rules are in the pipeline. Hardly a word has been mentioned in the media, and the Council itself did not hold any public meetings to inform the public of the changes.

Ten plan changes are proposed - affecting every landowner outside of the built up urban environment. The plan changes divide the rural (countryside) area into seven "Environments" with "Resource area" overlays, each with their own rules. (Plan changes PC85, 85A, 85B, 85C, 85D, 86A, 86B. 87, 102, and 114.)

Mike Butler: Cheeky book against separatism


Once we were one: The fraud of modern separatism is a bold book from a cheeky writer whose understanding of race relations in New Zealand was learned from direct experience.

Andy Oakley grew up in the mean streets of Cannons Creek, Porirua, so he knows about poverty from direct experience.

NZCPR Weekly: Next Steps in Coastal Claims



Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week, we outline new developments in the marine and coastal area claims process – and launch a Register of Interest for everyone who would like to help oppose claims in their local area, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Dr Hugh Barr explains why the claims process is such a threat to users of the coast, and this week’s poll asks whether you agree with Maori tribal groups that they should be considered as ‘guardians’ of the environment. 

You can see the Countering Coastal Claims Campaign page here: www.nzcpr.com/countering-coastal-claims-campaign

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Barrie Deas: Fishing and Brexit


Fishing will be a sort of litmus test for Brexit. As the UK begins the process of leaving the EU, we have entered a period of extreme uncertainty. The outcome of the exit negotiations, and the kind of trade relations that the UK will have with Europe after it leaves, will be dependent on many complex factors, not least whether an agreement will be possible at all. 

At the end of the negotiations it may still be uncertain how the UK will fare in the world; that may not become clear for some years or decades. But what will immediately be clear is whether UK fishermen still feel that they are shackled into a system that was designed with their disadvantage in mind.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Global Temperatures Drop Back To Pre-El Nino Levels








Study Finds Temperature Adjustments Account For ‘Nearly All Of Recent Warming’ In Climate Data Sets

In this newsletter:

1) Study Finds Temperature Adjustments Account For ‘Nearly All Of Recent Warming’ In Climate Data Sets
Daily Caller, 7 July 2017

2) Global Temperatures Drop Back To Pre-El Nino Levels
Roy Spencer, 3 July 2017