Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Lee Ohanian: Is Math Education Racist?

Seattle schools propose to teach that Math Education is racist—will California be far behind?

California’s latest K–12 test scores were released earlier this month. Despite spending 26 percent more per pupil after inflation since 2011, test scores remain low, and improvement is proceeding at a glacial pace. Just 40 percent of California schoolchildren are proficient at math. 

What should be done? Seattle’s idea is to teach their students that US math education is racist, is used to oppress people of color and the disadvantaged, and has been used to exploit natural resources.

Breaking Views Update: Week of 17.11.19

Tuesday November 19, 2019

South Auckland residents in strife over Māori housing building project
Residents in the South Auckland suburb of Ōtara say they're deeply concerned after being left in the dark about a Māori Mental Health and Addictions housing complex being built near a number of schools.

The building project by the Mahitahi Kainga Trust has been three years in the making and includes a community Manaaki building as well as a housing facility for vulnerable Māori.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Melanie Phillips: Nigel Farage’s agonising calculation

Anthony Wells, director of political research at YouGov, says: “Nigel Farage is sending a message that you can trust Boris Johnson to deliver Brexit”.

This is untrue. Farage is not sending that message at all. Yesterday he repeated that “the direction we are going in is simply not Brexit”. He has not retreated from his opinion that the Johnson deal is a trap for the UK which, after it has left the EU will remain remain bound to it by destructive ties.

GWPF Newsletter - China’s New Energy Security Agenda: Coal Power To Be Top Priority

Climate Science Proves Scams Don’t Die of Exposure

In this newsletter:

1) China’s New Energy Security Agenda: Coal Power To Be Top Priority
China Dialogue, 12 November 2019
2) Climate Science Proves Scams Don’t Die of Exposure
Tony Thomas, Quadrant, 14 November 2019

Breaking Views Update: Week of 10.11.19

Saturday November 16, 2019

Iwi recalls hanging of Hamiora Pere 
Aitanga a Māhaki and Ngāti Kahungunu hapū Ngāi Tahu Matawhaiti are gathering at Iwitea north of Wairoa tomorrow to remember Hamiora Pere, who was hanged in Wellington exactly 150 years ago for treason.

Pere was one of five Māori men captured after the siege of Ngātapa who were convicted of murder and treason.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Clive Bibby: The hypocrisy, unreliability and arrogance of the European Community

At least Macron got something right this week. He claimed NATO was a spent force.

I'm not sure whether his message was for European, British, or the American populace or simply for home consumption but whatever, it was a timely comment, albeit long overdue.

For all his failings, Trump has demonstrated a keen eye for identifying where the USA's best interests lie and, as he has been saying for some time, the only alliances that should be retained are those that accept there are obligations associated with membership.

NZCPR Weekly: Ministry of Truth

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we expose the sinister plan by the Minister of Justice to undermine our freedom of expression by establishing a unit within his own Ministry to police the information available to voters ahead of next year’s referenda – and we also look into the bizarre decision by the Advertising Standards Authority to ban an ad saying ice cream makes you happy; our NZCPR Guest Commentator Mike Hosking explains why he thinks Andrew Little’s plan to monitor referendum information is the sort of scheme you would expect to see in North Korea; and we have two polls this week – the first asks whether you are concerned about Andrew Little’s plan to control referendum information, and the second asks whether ice cream makes you happy!.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

GWPF Newsletter: Climate Campaign Flops

IEA confirms what GWPF has been saying for the last ten years

In this newsletter:

1) Climate Campaign Flops: Global CO2 Emissions Rising Again And Won’t Peak Before 2040
Bloomberg, 13 November 2019 
2) No End In Sight For US Shale Boom
City A.M., 13 November 2019

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Frank Newman: Ice cream DOES make me happy!

As far as I am concerned, the link between ice cream and happiness is a fact. 

And I am not the only one of that view, which is why the decision of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to uphold a complaint about an ICE CREAM MAKES U HAPPY sign on a dairy in Tui Crescent in Maunu, Whangarei is so bizarre.

We live in weird times.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Bob Edlin: Treaty principles don't come from the Treaty – they come from the courts

A Supreme Court judgement in August last year has led to the Department of Conservation undertaking partial reviews of the Conservation General Policy and the General Policy for National Parks, to give better effect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

And what are these principles?

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage told Point of Order:

“The principles of the Treaty of Waitangi are not explicitly stated in the articles of the Treaty itself.”

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Sterling Burnett: Trump Says Good-Bye to Paris

The Trump administration formally notified the United Nations the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, on November 4, the first day the nation was allowed to start the process under the terms of the agreement.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Twitter the United States had filed formal paperwork to withdraw from the agreement, citing the “unfair economic burden” on U.S. workers, businesses, and taxpayers. The exit will become official on November 4, 2020. The Trump administration’s action came a little over two years after the president held a June 2, 2017 Rose Garden event at which Trump, keeping a campaign commitment, announced he would take the United States out of the agreement at the earliest possible date.

Henry Armstrong: In Defence of “Old White Men”- the New Enemy Within?

In 2018, a Minister of the Crown and New Zealand Member of Parliament, Julie Anne Genter, herself a relatively-recent migrant to New Zealand, addressed a group of ten-year-olds at a Christchurch primary school. She  decried the presence of “old, white men” (or OWMs) on the boards of New Zealand organisations and demanded they “move aside”. 

Why this Minister in the Ardern-led government should not only comment on such an issue to kiddies who probably had no idea at all what a board (of trustees, directors or advisors) actually do, but  make such comments to such an audience? Most youngsters present would undoubtedly have much-loved older uncles or granddads who fitted this description. So, in the young mind, “old white men” were suddenly painted by this Minister as some sort of “enemy” to be removed and replaced by younger, more able and preferably female, board members.

Brian Giesbrecht: Gender self-identification

The transgender movement advances the cause of a marginalized minority. However, the recent decision by a confused Vancouver City Council to cancel funding for a rape crisis centre, that quite rightly allows only women at its facility, is a sign that the movement has gone too far.

Gender dysphoria is a psychiatric disorder involving an anatomical male who believes that he is actually a female in a man’s body (reverse for women). While the condition affects only about 1/10 of 1% of the population, the condition has received considerable attention in recent years — finding its way into legislation and, even, corporate and institutional policy.

GWPF Newsletter: African Leaders Say Their Need For Coal And Oil Outweighs Climate Concerns

“Anybody out of Africa saying we should not develop those fields is criminal.” 

In this newsletter:

1) African Leaders Say Their Need For Coal And Oil Outweighs Climate Concerns
Reuters, 8 November 2019
2) African Countries Showcase Oil and Gas Investment Opportunities at Africa Oil Week
Africa News, 7 November 2019

Breaking Views Update: Week of 3.11.19

Saturday November 9, 2019

Judicial legitimacy lies in a focus on diversity, says Chief Justice
A fully diverse judiciary is important to the quality of the substantive law. This is because the path that judges have walked through life shapes how they will and can develop the law, Chief Justice Dame Helen Winkelmann says.

Māori are underrepresented in our judiciary and this is cause for concern given the critical issues that remain to be worked out in the area of Treaty obligations and the place of tikanga in our law. It is a troubling reality that an overwhelmingly pakeha judiciary deals with a predominately Māori cohort of defendants.

Friday, November 8, 2019

James Taylor: Expensive Climate Policies Sparked Chile Riots

Climate activists and the United Nations are suffering a major black eye this week as protests and riots resulting from high energy prices have erupted in Santiago, Chile.

Chile, which will host a major U.N. climate conference in December, earned praise from climate activists for recently imposing a carbon dioxide tax on conventional energy sources and switching the Santiago Metro system to renewable power. Now, the people of Chile are rising up and firing a shot across the bow of other nations considering similar energy taxes and expensive renewable energy programs.

Karl du Fresne: A masterpiece of the propagandist's art

The New Zealand-made documentary Capital in the 21st Century is a mightily impressive piece of film making.

Inspired by the best-selling 2014 book of the same name by the left-wing French economist Thomas Piketty, it’s taut, fast-moving and masterfully edited. The pace never lets up.

GWPF Newsletter - New Climate Models: Even More Wrong

Paris Agreement At Risk As Emissions Rise & Political Unrest Spirals

In this newsletter:

1) New Climate Models: Even More Wrong
Paul Matthews, Climate Scepticism, 5 November 2019
2) Critics Blast Proposal To Curb Climate Change By Halting Population Growth
MIT Technology Review, 5 November 2019 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

NZCPR Weekly: The Politics of Zero Carbon

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This week we explain why the National Party should oppose the Zero Carbon Bill in the third reading debate tomorrow afternoon and we urge all readers who do not agree with Jacinda Ardern’s extremism to contact National MPs to encourage them to vote against the Bill, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Robin Grieve explains how the Zero Carbon Bill will derail our economy, and our poll asks whether you agree with National MP Judith Collins – who plans to vote against the Bill – that there’s a major ‘reality gap’ in the debate on global warming.

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Lindsay Mitchell: Single parents better off in work

Yesterday Statistics NZ released results from the General Social Survey which asks respondents whether they have enough money to meet everyday needs. 

Here is the result by family type for 'Not enough money':

GWPF Newsletter: Climate Activists Ditch Polar Bear Icon

'Not Going Extinct': Court Documents Claim Canadian Polar Bear Population Is Thriving

In this newsletter:

1) 'Not Going Extinct': Court Documents Claim Canadian Polar Bear Population Is Thriving
Toronto Sun, 4 November 2019
2) Winning: Climate Activists Ditch Polar Bear Icon As Growing Populations Defy ‘Emergency’ Narrative
The American Mirror, 30 October 2019

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Lindsay Mitchell: Update on child poverty statistics

The Child Poverty Action Group is holding a summit later this month. This statement is from their release about it:
Late into 2019, 174,000 children living in the most impoverished, desperate situations are yet to see any real gain.
It is quite incorrect to say "late into 2019" and put a number on it. But thanks anyway for prompting me to update myself on where the statistics are at.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Clive Bibby: Hatred is the worst of all human emotions

Hatred is the worst of all human emotions - it drives intelligent human beings to irrational behaviour.

Dislike, even intense dislike, of a fellow human being is a perfectly reasonable response to identifying character failures in others which are deemed to be unacceptable when measured against standards of common decency.

Barend Vlaardingerbroek: In memory of Christopher Hitchens

If someone tells me that I’ve hurt their feelings, I’d say, “I’m still waiting to hear what your point is.” I’m very depressed about how in this country you can be told, “That’s offensive!” as though those two words constitute an argument or a comment. Not to me they don’t. - CH

(NB: All quotes in this article have been transcribed verbatim from YouTube video sources. Hitchens spoke more than once on these various themes so the words you hear if you watch a clip may be different.)

Christopher Hitchens would have turned 70 this year had he not been taken by cancer 8 years ago.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Mike Butler: Tikanga weaponised

“Tikanga”, which is generally defined as “Maori custom”, is being introduced in New Zealand, setting behaviour rules for everyone not just of part-Maoris, and there is no clear outline of what it entails, according to retired scientist John Robinson.

Dividing a Nation – the return to tikanga, chronicles tikanga back to the beginning of Polynesian migration to New Zealand and shows that modern tikanga is being used as a political weapon that creates racial discord.

As a scientist, Robinson was alarmed at absurd demands of the Royal Society of New Zealand for “matauranga Maori”, or “the Maori way of thinking” to be used as the basis for scientific work in New Zealand.

Dr. Kelvin Kemm: Climategate - Ten Years Later

This month marks the tenth anniversary of “Climategate” – the release of thousands of emails to and from climate scientists who had been (and still are) collaborating and colluding to create a manmade climate crisis that exists in their minds and computer models, but not in the real world.

The scandal should have ended climate catastrophism. Instead, it was studiously buried by politicians, scientists, activists and crony capitalists, who will rake in trillions of dollars from the exaggerations and fakery, while exempting themselves from the damage they are inflicting on everyday families.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Breaking Views Update: Week of 27.10.19

Saturday November 2, 2019

More to do to ensure Nelson council is truly diverse, mayor says
Bernie Goldsmith and Dai Mitchell kept a vigil on the street outside protesting the lack of racial diversity in the chamber.

Goldsmith had a sign with her for the protest, saying "Racism is: One race making decisions for all races in NCC 2019."

Clive Bibby: The age of the poor loser

The Brexit debacle and the equally drawn out attempt at ending the Trump Presidency have ironically achieved a common result which was not intended by those who are trying every devious trick to derail the democratic process in each country.

Perhaps not surprisingly and thankfully, the reason why things are becoming increasingly difficult for the those who lost the last vote is because they are now exposed as total hypocrites scrambling around looking for a way to justify their pursuit of an end to a nightmare of their own making.

NZCPR Weekly: Soft on Welfare

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This week we look into why the number of people on benefits is rising when there’s a critical shortage of workers, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Lindsay Mitchell outlines the case against more generous benefits, and our poll asks whether you believe the Labour Government has gone soft on welfare.

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GWPF Newsletter: China’s Electric Carmakers Battle for Survival After Subsidies Scaled Back

Tesla Discloses US Revenues Collapse

In this newsletter:

1) China’s Electric Carmakers Battle for Survival After Subsidies Scaled Back
Bloomberg News, 30 October 2019 
2) Tesla Discloses US Revenues Collapsed 39% 
Wolf Street, 29 October 2019 

Friday, November 1, 2019

Viv Forbes: Feeding the Fat Green Pigs

In the era before coal, oil and electricity, the environment suffered greatly.

Whales were slaughtered for lamp oil; forests were cleared for firewood, mine props, building materials, roofing shingles and sailing masts; London (“The Big Smoke”) and Pittsburgh (“The Smoky City”) were smothered in smog from open fires, charcoal kilns and iron smelters; horses powered public and military transport and city streets were layered with horse manure.

Then came the hydro-carbon revolution. Kerosene lamps saved the whales and coal-powered steam engines delivered electricity (clean-coal-by-wire) to the cities – and much of the sulphurous smogs disappeared. Coke from coal replaced wood charcoal to make iron and steel. Steel and concrete saved the forests and trucks and railways allowed the farmland which once fed millions of horses to produce food for humans.

GWPF Newsletter: Chile Cancels UN Climate Summit Amid Energy Cost Revolt

The Albatross Round Attenborough’s Neck

In this newsletter:

1) Chile Cancels Annual Talk-Fest For Climate Activists 
BBC News, 30 October 2019
2) 1000 Doomsday Academics Demand Career Breaks So They Can ‘Save The Planet From Climate Change’
The Daily Telegraph, 30 October 2019

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Melanie Phillips: The nightmarish election dilemma

In the coming general election, those of us who are true Brexiteers are facing a potentially nightmarish decision.

If we want to a) get Brexit finally and properly delivered and b) prevent the Labour party from gaining power, for whom do we vote? Because these two aims may well be incompatible with each other.

This is why.

Brian Giesbrecht: Reforming Canada’s Failing Health Care System

Most Canadians think that our healthcare system is a national treasure. One much superior to the system to the south where poor people often don’t get the treatments they need, and the costs can be catastrophic. Instead of focusing on how Canada’s health care system compares to America’s, we should be looking at European systems that offer both better health outcomes and cost effectiveness. 

We have modern hospitals, competent doctors and nurses, and once you are in the system, the care given is usually first class. However, if you are on one of the many long medical waiting lists, then our system fails. You can wait a year or more to see certain specialists. And, if you are held waiting well over a year for a hip or knee transplant – or for a life-saving heart or cancer treatment – our Canadian system is far from first class.

GWPF Newsletter: TV Star Johnny Ball Attacks Climate Hysteria

Block On GM Rice -- A Crime Against Humanity 

In this newsletter:

1) TV Star Johnny Ball Attacks Climate Hysteria
The Courier, 29 October 2019
2) Crime Against Humanity: Block On GM Rice ‘Has Cost Millions of Lives And Led to Child Blindness’
The Observer, 26 October 2019 

Sunday, October 27, 2019

GWPF Newsletter: Chile Explodes Expensive Climate Policies Spark Mass Riots

Chile’s Violence Has a Worrisome Message for Climate Campaigners And The World

In this newsletter:

1) Chile Explodes: Expensive Climate Policies Spark Mass Riots, Just Like the Yellow Vest Protests in France
James Taylor, The Epoch Times, 25 October 2019
2) Chile’s Violence Has a Worrisome Message for Climate Campaigners And The World
The Washington Post, 23 October 2019

Melanie Phillips: Wake up, Brexiteers – BoJo’s deal is what you once called vassalage

Nigel Farage has denounced Boris Johnson’s EU deal as “95 per cent the same” as Theresa May’s withdrawal deal, which was deemed so terrible by Remainers as well as Brexiteers that it was voted down three times by the House of Commons. 

You can watch much of his blistering speech here.

Farage’s verdict, that the Johnson deal is a reheated version of May’s deal, accords completely with what I wrote here on Friday.

He also points out that it would split the UK by effectively imposing a border down the middle of the Irish Sea, thus separating Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK.

Joel Kotkin: Climate Stalinism

The Left’s fixation on climate change is cloaked in scientism, deploying computer models to create the illusion of certainty. Ever more convinced of their role as planetary saviors, radical greens are increasingly intolerant of dissent or any questioning of their policy agenda. They embrace a sort of “soft Stalinism,” driven by a determination to remake society, whether people want it or not—and their draconian views are penetrating the mainstream. 

“Democracy,” a writer for Foreign Policy suggests, constitutes “the planet’s biggest enemy.”

Bob Edlin: $13m granted to teach Siri to speak Te Reo

The Taxpayers Union promptly picked up on the spending of millions of dollars of public money, almost beating the Point of Order Trough Monitor to sound an alert.

The union focussed on just one of four projects to be funded from a trough labelled “Strategic Science Investment Fund”.  This project – to receive $13 million of taxpayers’ money – aims to teach Siri to speak Te Reo.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Breaking Views Update: Week of 20.10.19

Saturday October 26, 2019

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will be attending the land wars commemoration on Monday
This year, it will be held at Te Kōhia pā in Waipā – where the first shots of the New Zealand land wars were fired.

NZCPR Weekly: We've Had Enough

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This week we look into the Prime Minister’s alarmism over climate change and the damage such exaggeration creates, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Nicholas Kerr examines the danger to children from global warming scaremongering, and our poll asks whether you believe the Prime Minister’s Zero Carbon Bill will have any impact on the climate.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

GWPF Newsletter: The New Coal Boom

China Opens 17 New Coal Mines & Increases Coal Imports

In this newsletter:

1) New Coal Boom: China Opens 17 New Coal Mines
The Times, 22 October 2019 
2) China's 2019 Coal Imports Set To Rise More Than 10%
Reuters, 22 October 2019

Clive Bibby: An historic month in Tairawhiti

For what it is worth, the following is my reflection on the last month of iconic events in Tairawhiti that included the tri annual local body elections and the first of the Tuia 250 commemorations.

I have mixed feelings about the results of these proceedings but in the case of the local body elections, accept the results as demonstrably fair.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the outcome of the votes for Council and the Health Board had a predictable ring to them - almost without exception, those candidates with the highest profiles received the most votes. Whether they will be able to deliver on their promises remains to be seen but l wish them the best of luck. They have earned the right to try.

The Tuia 250 commemorations are a different matter entirely, although sadly, just as predictable.

Chris Trotter: Paying For Our Pakeha "Guilt" And "Privilege"

PERHAPS THE BEST WAY to assess the quality of the NZ Herald’s “Land of the Long White Cloud” is by studying Tom Clarke’s characterisation of James Cook. Clarke begins by making Cook a member of the British aristocracy. He gives him the accent of Hugh Laurie’s Bertie Wooster, along with most of his mannerisms. Clarke then proceeds to deliver a false description of Cook’s mission – complete with jokes about planting flags and claiming countries. All done with a smile, of course, in the interests of lightening what the series’ creators clearly believe to be a very serious matter. Even so, if you’re trying to dispel some of the myths surrounding New Zealand’s origins, then falsifying the historical record would seem to be a very peculiar way of going about it.

Because James Cook was not a member of the British aristocracy, he was a plain-speaking Yorkshireman of humble origin. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Karl du Fresne: Never mind democracy - off with his head!

Meng Foon, the recently appointed race relations commissioner, thinks newly elected Tauranga city councillor Andrew Hollis should resign because he said on Facebook that the Treaty of Waitangi was “a joke” and “past its use-by date”. The new mayor of Tauranga, Tenby Powell, agrees.

Never mind that more than 7500 people voted for Hollis, making him the second most popular candidate for the four “at large” council seats. Never mind that many of the people who voted for him quite possibly share his view – rightly or wrongly – about the Treaty.