Tuesday, June 19, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: Antarctica Is Still Gaining Ice, NASA Scientist Says

Claimed Antarctic Ice Loss In Doubt

In this newsletter:

1) Antarctica Is Still Gaining Ice, NASA Scientist Says 
Daily Caller, 15 June 2018 
2) Ice Loss? Maybe
GWPF Observatory, 15 June 2018

Mole News

Koha and apartheid discussed at MP meeting
In regards to Maori, Todd says the impacts of history must be dealt with today.

“Our history is cloaked in the Treaty of Waitangi not being upheld across the country. It has caused material hardship for people over generations, for those who had their land confiscated.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Karl du Fresne: Even Northland didn't want him, but now he's going to be our acting PM

So we’re going to have Winston Peters as our acting prime minister for six weeks. Not bad for a politician who was rejected by his own electorate at the last election after failing to complete a single term.

Not bad either for a politician whose party won only 7 per cent of the vote and which, judging by recent polls, would struggle to scrape back into Parliament if an election was held tomorrow. 

This is democracy New Zealand-style, in which the rewards – the baubles of office that Peters once insisted he wasn’t interested in – go not to a politician who commands broad public support, but to a crafty minor player who has learned how to game the system and manipulate the bigger parties.

Frank Newman: ACT re-branding

Apparently the ACT Party is having an identity crisis. My take is that its crisis is much broader than identity alone, however ACT leader and sole MP David Seymour says they are looking at a possible name change.

In an interview on Radio NZ on 15 June he said he did not want to give anything away about the new name, but he did mention various options were being considered, like Liberal Party or something more radical like Reason Party.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Frank Newman: Fact based myths

Last month I wrote about the meth myth, and how a moral panic and media beat-up cost blameless tenants and landlords their homes and lots of money. 

The "How did this happen?" post-mortems are going on at present but it's pretty clear that real facts were nowhere to be seen when the decision makers were writing the rules. 

This makes one wonder what other moral "pandemics" are similarly based on fiction or fear rather than fact. How about house sales to foreign home buyers?

GWPF Newsletter: Coal Comeback Spurs CO2 Emissions Growth

Global Emissions Surged To Record High — But In The US, They Dropped

In this newsletter:

1) Coal Comeback Spurs CO2 Emissions Growth
Reuters, 13 June 2018
2) Oh Dear: Global CO2 Emissions Surged To Record High In 2017 — But In The US, They Dropped
Bloomberg, 13 June 2018

Thursday, June 14, 2018

GWPF Newsletter - Green No More: Germany Rejects EU’s Green Energy Ambitions

Germany On Track To Widely Miss 2020 Climate Target 

In this newsletter:

1) Green No More: Germany Rejects EU’s Green Energy Ambitions

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Newt Gingrich: The Economy is Thriving on Trump’s Reforms

President Trump’s positive impact on the U.S. economy and markets is unassailable.

Except for a short disruption in February, the major stock market indices have been on a steady ascent since Donald Trump’s formal selection as the Republican nominee for president. The Nasdaq Composite Index has sailed from 5036.37 on July 19, 2016 to 7637.86 at the closing bell on Tuesday – continuously meeting and exceeding record highs along the way.

We have seen similar market trends in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500, which have climbed from 18559.01 and 2163.78 on the day Trump was nominated to 24799.98 and 2748.8 by Tuesday, respectively.

Melanie Phillips: Springtime for Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump?

So how should we view the meeting between President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un and the declaration they have both signed? Is it a “historic” breakthrough for world peace as is being celebrated by the likes of this commentator; or is it a disgraceful debacle, as is being lambasted by the likes of this one?

Well, as Zhou Enlai reputedly observed when asked about the impact of the French Revolution on western civilisation, it’s simply too early to say.

The terms of the declaration signed by Trump and Kim are studiedly vague. The North Korean regime has previously made promises about de-nuclearisation which it promptly tore up.

NZCPR Weekly: Replacing Damaging Regulations

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we look into the damage caused by over-the-top regulations - including meth testing and the ban on fireplaces and wood burners, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Mike Butler investigates the methamphetamine testing scandal, and our poll asks whether you believe there should be a greater requirement for law makers to produce evidence-based research before passing new laws and regulations.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: Massive Climate Funding Failed To Sway US Public Opinion

U.S. House Votes Down Social Cost Of Carbon

In this newsletter:

1) Massive Climate Funding By Wealthy Foundations Failed To Sway US Public Opinion
Western Wire, 7 June 2018
2) US House Votes Down Social Cost Of Carbon
Ron Clutz, Science Matters, 9 June 2018

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Art Carden: Red Tape Is What Keeps Housing Unaffordable

“I’d love to live in San Francisco, but I don’t want to pay $750,000 to live in a closet.” That’s what I tell my introductory economics students when I discuss housing prices. I probably need to update it to $2 million or something like that.

Why? Why is housing so expensive in cities like San Francisco, Boston, New York? It’s expensive because demand is high and rising. It’s insanely expensive to live in San Francisco because practically everyone wants to live in San Francisco.

But that’s only half the story. Housing is also insanely expensive because supply isn’t rising very quickly.

When you have demand rising quickly and supply changing slowly, you get rising prices. So, how do we fix it?

GWPF Newsletter: Global Ocean Air Temps Drop Back To Pre-El Nino Levels

Wind Disappears In Britain Leaving Turbines At A Standstill

In this newsletter:

1) Global Ocean Air Temps Drop Back To Pre-El Nino Levels
Ron Clutz, Science Matters, 6 June 2018
2) Wind Disappears In Britain Leaving Turbines At A Standstill
Bloomberg, 5 June 2018 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

NZCPR Weekly: Coastal Claim Developments

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we look into some developments regarding marine and coastal area claims – including a new claims Bill that is in front of Parliament, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Dr Hugh Barr questions the legitimacy of claims for customary rights, and our poll asks whether you believe the High Court should be the only avenue for tribal groups to pursue marine and coastal area claims.

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GWPF Newsletter: Chinese Solar Stocks Plunge As Beijing Pulls The Plug

Is Theresa May Re-Nationalising Britain’s Energy Industry?

In this newsletter:

1) Chinese Solar Stocks Plunge As Government Suspends New Solar Farms, Cuts Subsidies
South China Morning Post, 4 June 2018 
2) Is Theresa May Re-Nationalising Britain’s Energy Industry?
Nick Butler, Financial Times, 4 June 2018 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Murray Reid: Māori History and Language

I am 73 and grew up in Hamilton at a time when there were almost no Māori in the town, except to the west in Frankton. I went to Whitiora Primary, Peachgrove Intermediate and Hamilton Boys High School and my class photos show virtually no brown faces. If there were any Māori children they were just kids to us. High school was a bit of an exception but I think the few Māori boys there were from Raglan and Ngaruawahia. Again, they were just part of the mix.

Consequently, I grew up with almost zero Māori contact or knowledge and from memory our class social studies teaching was very superficial.

Once I started work in the mid 1960’s things changed as I was posted to places like Mt Maunganui and Taneatua. The industry I was in, and allied to, had many Māori workers. We mixed and mingled freely on the job and over a beer. I enjoyed the banter, some of which had racial overtones. They gave as good as they received, often with a smattering of Māori words or phrases. When I sort translations, there were always roars of laughter, from all parties.

Richard Epstein: A Frontal Assault on Social Media

To all appearances, the folks in charge of privacy regulation within the European Union are unfamiliar with that old cliché, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” 

Last week, the EU parliament passed a long-anticipated and much-dreaded privacy law known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a lengthy and convoluted document that is replete with vague substantive commands accompanied by hefty penalties for violation

The implicit assumption behind the regulation is that all individuals are entitled to control data about themselves, so that various firms that acquire this information not only have to hold it secure against outsiders, but are also limited in how they can use the data, while granting individual users extensive rights to access, control, and remove their personal data. 

Gerry Eckhoff: AIR BnB

A former Prime Minister of England once observed that getting a good outcome from a new tax is a lot like standing in a bucket and trying to lift yourself up by the handle. 

The current debate over whether Air BnB homeowners should be regarded as commercial players in the tourism industry and rated accordingly highlights some interesting issues and wonderful euphemisms. “A level playing field” is demanded by commercial operators who seek to eliminate the so called unfair advantage of the poor old house holder who seeks to utilize a spare bedroom in their biggest asset. 

Level playing fields don’t exist despite the plaintive cry from those who already are bigger, stronger, faster, wealthier but who really want the field to themselves. We are asked to forget that size and scale matters and that purchasing power by major players in the accommodation industry really does give them significant advantage. The hotel and motel chains however cannot trump the personalized single unit home stay available for travellers looking for the real Kiwi people and experience, not to mention individualized interaction and service.

Barend Vlaardingerbroek: Incel – a lethal combination of victimhood culture and social media madness

I don’t know why you girls have never been attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it. It’s an injustice,  a crime. -  Elliot Rodgers in his ‘Retribution’ video the day before he became a multiple murderer (emphasis added).

The age of modern communications has provided every gaggle of crackpots and nutcases with the means to reach out to the world. It has moreover brought about ‘movements’ around outlandish themes that nobody in their right mind would have thought of creating a ‘group’ around before.

GWPF Newsletter: Germany’s Planned Coal Exit Hits A Wall

'Trump Has Broken The Spell Of Climate Change Mania'

In this newsletter:

1) Germany’s Planned Coal Exit Hits A Wall
Dave Keating, Forbes, 1 June 2018
2) Charles Moore: Trump Has Broken The Spell Of Climate Change Mania
The Daily Telegraph, 1 June 2018

Friday, June 1, 2018

Brian Gaynor: Directors’ role in need of a major shake-up

Australia’s banking royal commission, officially known as “The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry”, raises serious questions about director competency.

The same questions, in this columnist’s view, can be raised on this side of the Tasman following the collapse of CBL Corporation and the poor performance of Fletcher Building, Metro Performance Glass and other companies.

The Australian business media is having a field day on the topic. The Australian Financial Review (AFR) quoted John Pollaers, the former boss of Pacific Brands and Foster’s beer business, as saying that directors are too busy building empires.

Karl du Fresne: Male, pale and stale - a despised minority

I am writing this column as a member of a despised minority. I will be 68 next birthday. I’m fair of skin and male of sex.

To put it another way, in the language of “progressive” millennials and people who, with no sense of irony, describe themselves as liberals, I’m male, pale and stale. 

There is no more crushing condemnation in the 21st century political lexicon. To be male, pale and stale is to be racist, sexist, bitter and selfish. Don Brash and Sir Bob Jones are prime examples of this wretched form of humanity. I am too, albeit of a lower order of celebrity.

Brian Balfour - Thomas Sowell: Social Justice Is a Blank Check for Government Power

“In politics, the great non-sequitur of our time is that (1) things are not right and that (2) the government should make them right. Where right all too often means cosmic justice, trying to set things right means writing a blank check for a never ending expansion of government power.”
This key passage from Thomas Sowell’s 1999 book, The Quest for Cosmic Justice, frames Sowell’s thoughtful analysis and rejection of arguments advanced by “social justice warriors,” or more briefly, SJWs.

Although written nearly 20 years ago, Sowell’s insights are especially relevant today, when you consider the heights of influence social justice activism has reached—especially on college campuses—in 2018.

For a blueprint to understand and refute today’s increasingly vocal SJWs, Sowell’s book proves to be an indispensable resource.

GWPF Newsletter: Extreme Flood Events Decreasing In Europe Despite Global Warming, Scientists Find

Flooding really was worse in the old days

In this newsletter:

1) Extreme Flood Events Decreasing In Europe Despite Global Warming, Scientists Find
The Times, 30 May 2018
2) Emails Show Climate Skeptics Tout ‘Winning’ Under Trump
The Hill, 29 May 2018

Thursday, May 31, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: Climate Change May Increase, Not Decrease Arable Land

Global Warming Will Increase U.S. Crop Yields, New Study

In this newsletter:

1) Climate Change May Increase, Not Decrease Arable Land: Study
Press Trust of India, 25 May 2018

2) Global Warming Will Increase U.S. Crop Yields, New Study
Michigan State University, 16 May 2018

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Frank Newman: Meth myth

There is no risk to human health from third hand exposure to houses where methamphetamine has been consumed. That is the conclusion of a report released last week by the Government's chief scientific advisor, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman.

In speaking to the report he said, "There is absolutely no evidence in the medical literature of anyone being harmed from passive use, at any level. We can't find one case…Mould is more dangerous than meth."

NZCPR Weekly: Race-Based Democracy Opposed

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we look into the misrepresentations being used to drive a campaign to remove direct democracy petition rights from local government electoral law, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Michael Coote exposes the underlying agenda of Local Government New Zealand, and our poll asks whether you believe direct democracy petition rights in the Local Electoral Act should be retained.

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: Green Groups Secretly Invest In Fossil Fuels, Leaked Documents Reveal

Did The Church Of Scotland Just Dodge A Climate Change Bullet?

In this newsletter:

1) Green Groups Secretly Invest In Fossil Fuels, Leaked Documents Reveal
InsideSources, 22 May 2018
2) 94% Of Shell Shareholders Reject CO2 Emissions Target Proposal
Reuters, 23 May 2018

Victor Davis Hanson: The Great German Meltdown

Every 20 to 50 years in Germany, things start unraveling. Germans feel aggrieved. Ideas and movements gyrate wildly between far left and far right extremes. And the Germans finally find consensus in a sense of victimhood paradoxically expressed as national chauvinism. Germany’s neighbors in 1870, 1914, 1939—and increasingly in the present—usually bear the brunt of this national meltdown.
Germany is supposed to be the economic powerhouse of Europe, its financial leader, and its trusted and responsible political center. Often it plays those roles superbly. But recently, it’s been cracking up—in a way that is hauntingly familiar to its European neighbors. On mass immigration, it is beginning to terrify the nearby nations of Eastern Europe. On Brexit, it bullies the British. On finance, it alienates the southern Europeans. On Russia, it irks the Baltic States and makes the Scandinavians uneasy by doing business with the Russian energy interests. And on all matters American, it increasingly seems incensed.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Daniel J. Mitchell: Italy’s Countdown to Fiscal Crisis

As a general rule, we worry too much about deficits and debt. Yes, red ink matters, but we should pay more attention to variables such as the overall burden of government spending and the structure of the tax system.

That being said, Greece shows that a nation can experience a crisis if investors no longer trust that a government is capable of “servicing” its debt (i.e., paying interest and principal to people and institutions that hold government bonds).

This doesn’t change the fact that Greece’s main fiscal problem is too much spending. It simply shows that it’s also important to recognize the side-effects of too much spending (if you have a brain tumor, that’s your main problem, even if crippling headaches are a side-effect of the tumor).

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Kevin Donnelly: Minions denigrate penetrating legacy of the West

It is hardly surprising that the Australian National University’s National Tertiary Education Union branch president, Matthew King, has attacked the university’s decision to establish a Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation.
According to King, as cited in the Campus Morning Mail yesterday, the centre is guilty of promoting “a narrow, radically con­servative program” promulgating the “alleged superiority of Western culture and civilisation”.

Tom Harris: Now They’re Waging War On Plastics!

Earth Day Network (EDN) chose “End Plastic Pollution” as their theme for this year’s April 22 Earth Day. It is just the tip of the anti-plastic activism that now consumes environmental extremists. A Google search  on “Plastic Pollution Coalition” (a group claiming to represent “more than 500 member organizations” dedicated to “working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts”) yields almost 90,000 hits, including a video actor Jeff Bridges made for the campaign.

Even the United Nations has joined in, making “Beat Plastic Pollution” the theme of its June 5 World Environment Day, “a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.”

GWPF Newsletter: Is Global Warming Hysteria Rotting The Brains of Politicians?

Plans To Frack UK’s First Horizontal Shale Gas Well Submitted

In this newsletter:

1) Christopher Booker: Is The Political Class’s Obsession With Global Warming Rotting Their Brains?
Daily Mail, 23 May 2018 
2) Plans To Frack UK’s First Horizontal Shale Gas Well Submitted
BBC News, 21 May 2018 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Ian Madsen: Marx Was Definitely Not Right, Nor Great

Recently, the world was sadly compelled to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx.  He was indeed, a major figure in shaping history, but definitely not for the good.

Marx, along with his patron, Friedrich Engels, created the political-economic philosophy (perhaps a religion) commonly called Communism. Its essential tenet is that what we commonly call ‘capitalism’, which is based on the free exchange of goods, services, labour, ideas, money, and other things, is inherently evil and doomed to a brutal, violent, and ignominious extinction.

NZCPR Weekly: A Change in Direction

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we examine the Budget and outline some of the risks around the direction that Labour is taking the country, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Frank Newman provides a comprehensive analysis of the Budget, and our poll asks whether you support or oppose the coalition’s first Budget.

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GWPF Newsletter: Britain Can’t Afford To Delay The Shale Revolution Any Longer

'Let The Paris Climate Deal Die. It Was Never Good For Anything, Anyway'

In this newsletter:

1) WSJ: ‘Britain Can’t Afford To Delay The Shale Revolution Any Longer’
Editorial, The Wall Street Journal, 21 May 2018
2) Britain’s Fracking Revolution Set To Take Off As Ministers Vow To Force Local Areas To Accept New Gas Projects
The Sun, 17 May 2018 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Melanie Phillips: Rudderless over immigration in Brexitland

What a mess the British government is now in over immigration — a mess that the arrival of the new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, is unlikely to clear up.

Consider. Amber Rudd resigned as Home Secretary through misleading Parliament over whether or not the government had “uncompassionate” targets for removing illegal immigrants. This followed the revelation that the government had treated appallingly Caribbean “Windrush” immigrants who arrived in the sixties but who were threatened with deportation decades later.

Brian Gaynor: Finding money to get Auckland on the rails

Auckland’s transport system, particularly the proposed light rail project, will generate considerable debate over the next few years.

The objective of this column is to assess the potential financing of the light rail plan rather than assessing the merits of the development. Will it be funded by rates increases?

What role will the New Zealand Superannuation Fund play? What contribution will central government make?

Friday, May 18, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: UK Government Unveils Support Package For Shale Gas Development

GWPF Welcomes Govt Announcement, But More Speed is Required

In this newsletter:

1) UK Announces Extra Measures To Support Shale Gas Development
Reuters, 17 May 2018
2) UK Government Unveils Support Package For Shale Gas Development
Energy Voice, 17 March 2018

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Kevin Donnelly: Our 21st century tragedy - how the west was lost

Douglas Murray argues in The Strange Death of Europe that ­“Europe is committing suicide”, as proven by the mass immigration of thousands of young Islamic men and the failure by many ­within academia, the media and politics to acknowledge and ­defend the unique strengths and benefits of Western civilisation on which Europe is based.
Such is the dire nature of events, Murray concludes: “By the end of the lifespans of most of the people currently alive, Europe will no longer be Europe and the peoples of Europe will have lost the only place in the world we had to call home.”

GWPF Newsletter: Green Europe May Be On The Verge Of Blackouts

As Dutch Gas Production Collapses, Europe's Dependence On Russia Grows

In this newsletter:

1) Green & Anti-Shale: Europe May Be On The Verge Of Blackouts
Bloomberg, 16 May 2018 
2) Europe Grapples With Dutch Gas Production ‘Collapse’ & Growing Dependence On Russia
Euractiv, 16 May 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: Paris Climate Agreement In Disarray

Developing Countries Demand Long-Promised $100 Billion P.A. From Richer Nations

In this newsletter:

1) Paris Climate Agreement In Disarray As Developing Countries Demand Long-Promised $100 Billion P.A. From Richer Nations
National Post, 11 May 2018 
2) China, India Outsource CO2 Emissions, Risking Paris Agreement – Study
Reuters, 14 May 2018 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

NZCPR Weekly: A Society of Equals

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we highlight some the power plays being used by the iwi elite to gain influence, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Karl du Fresne outlines the wider implications of the Craggy Range debacle, and our poll asks what you believe the Craggy Range winery should do about their walking track – capitulate to iwi, or stand their ground and do nothing.

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Brian Gaynor: Budget prudence needed, not borrow and hope

Recent Budget announcements on both sides of the Tasman clearly indicate the Australian Government has had a borrow and hope strategy, while our Finance Ministers have taken a more prudent approach.

The big question is whether Grant Robertson, the new Labour Finance Minister, will maintain this prudent approach when he delivers his first budget on Thursday.

Mole News

Why not to have Maori Wards
A few days ago, Western Bay District Mayor Garry Webber shared his views about why Western Bay should have a Maori ward.

......The Mayor correctly notes that the law enables ratepayers to demand a poll when a Maori ward is proposed, but not when geographical wards are created or modified.