Tuesday, 30 September 2008
... Manifestly, it is impossible to put any (such) trust in a Puritan. With the best intentions in the world he cannot rid himself of the delusion that his duty to save us from our sins—i.e., from the non-Puritanical acts that we delight in—is paramount to his duty to let us be happy in our own way. Thus he is unable to be tolerant, and with tolerance goes magnanimity. A Puritan cannot be magnanimous. He is constitutionally unable to grasp the notion that it is better to be decent than to be steadfast, or even than to be just.
Notes on Democracy (Knopf, 1926)
Melanie Phillips, Daily Mail, 29 September 2008
On the eve of the Tory Party conference, the shadow Home Secretary Dominic Grieve issued a blunt warning.
In the name of multiculturalism, he said, Britain had done something terrible to itself. It had downplayed British cultural identity, leaving long-standing inhabitants fearful and new immigrants alienated, creating a vacuum ripe for exploitation by extremists.
His warning could not be more timely or appropriate. Multiculturalism and its allied doctrines of human rights and anti-discrimination are acting as a kind of corrosive acid eating away at our institutions, values and national identity. More, here...
Monday, 29 September 2008
...will ultimately fall apart. Its disparate factions have already begun to tear away at each other, as zealots in any religion do. Their infighting will shatter the anti-capitalist, self hatred consensus that holds them together in a fragile peace...
Listen carefully, and the Pythonesque cries of "splitter" are clearly audible here...
The argument and division centres around nuclear energy. The German greens have already shown us that the fundamental wing cannot abide the realistic (pro-nuclear) faction.Finnish greens have entered into coalition with pro-nuclear parties (more here) and...
this from Mark Lynas of The Independent, and
this from James Lovelock ,
this from Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy,
.and much more, here...and
Energy spokesperson Moglen of Greenpeace believes support of nuclear power by environmentalists risks undermining the broader agenda of the green movement. "With all respect to [nuclear converts], they should not be held up as the middle, they should be held up as the periphery," said Moglen. "We should not be sidetracked into talking about nuclear. It's irreverent (sic)in the climate change debate."
Friday, 26 September 2008
I was reminded of W Peters feigned outrage before the Privileges Committee at what he considered to be Owen Glenn’s "coached evidence". I think they call it "projection".
No wonder W Peters thinks its worth spouting nonsense and H Clark can pretend she can’t act on anything less than a formal outcome of proceedings. Employment law steers people straight to lying, by forcing them to pretend they act in ways no sensible person would act, and indeed in ways no self respecting employee would want them to act...more
...it rewards routine lying...and so does our present ACC scheme. The rewards are financial for health professionals, and practical and financial (ie, free treatment) for savvy patients. Those patients who can't or won't lie, the honest elderly and others, simply don't get treated or pay a private fee or receive a different , and often lower standard of health care.(Recently the Disabled Persons Assembly took a case alleging discrimination to the High Court on this basis.)
I have protested this all my professional life, yet to my shame have continued to collaborate with this stinking system...Of course the same stink that hovers around our politicians and health care system is exactly the same pong from the same source...
And pro-British, pro-family, pro-Christian, pro-education and anti-crime extremists have to be eradicated. One might choose the Paxman strategy of attrition - sneering at them and hurling insults – like Alan Duncan's ‘Tory Taleban’. Or one might sack them from the parliamentary party or prevent them from ever holding positions of responsibility. Or, better still, one simply ensures they are never selected as a parliamentary candidate in the first place.
The bloodless revolution to ensure the propagation and perpetuation of the centre-left is successful and secure. God help anyone who tries to confront it. More...
Thursday, 25 September 2008
THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.
Some things about living still weren’t quite right, though. April, for instance, still drove people crazy by not being springtime. And it was in that clammy month that the H-G men took George and Hazel Bergeron’s fourteen-year-old son, Harrison, away. More here...
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
OK, but what can other voters learn from this Northern hemisphere exchange? What is imperfect in the UK is little better in Australasia, in spite of proportional voting and (an Australian) upper house...what is needed is an analysis of what works well...and direct democracy via referendums, as practiced in 32 states of the USA and Switzerland, would seem to be a bloody good start...
An Aussie academic wrote a book about it...here
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
...a fascinating discourse here from The Schiller Institute. An exploration and an expose of some of the radical forces that have shaped our lives and society...a bit dated perhaps,but a 1994 forewarning of Orwell's predicted stifling political rigidity and state control of our lives...
Methane released into the Arctic could raise global temperatures...
Millions of tons of methane stored beneath the Arctic seabed is bubbling up to the surface and being released into the atmosphere as the region warms up and the ice retreats, scientists have said.The gas is said to be 20 times more powerful than carbon dioxide and scientists have warned that it could accelerate global warming.It is usually locked in a deep freeze below the sea, but as the ice melts on the surface, small holes, or “chimneys”, appear and the gas escapes. (Jessica Salter, Daily Telegraph) More...here...
So the cooling predicted for the next 30 years could be offset by the warming produced by the released methane...perfect! All praise the earth mother ! Gaia in action!
I've been accused of vulgarity. I say that's just bullshit. Mel Brooks
Monday, 22 September 2008
A conspiracy stratagem was openly presented by Maurice Strong, a godfather of the global environmental movement, and a former senior advisor to Kofi Annan, the U.N. Secretary-General. In 1972 Strong was a Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, which launched the world environment movement, and he has played a critical role in its globalization. In 1992 Strong was the Secretary-General of the “World Summit” conference in Rio de Janeiro, where on his instigation the foundations for the Kyoto Protocol were laid.
PKH points out that Windschuttle also has a point of view about Chicken Little Logic,aka Climate Change...worth a look...
Sunday, 21 September 2008
...when many of the men above (NZ'ers of 75 Squadron R.A.F.) were either dead or had returned safely, most to become married men and new Dads. I experienced a boyhood that involved Dads who had stories and anecdotes to tell and exchange, souvenirs and militaria (in my case friends who shared with me a hand grenade - with the pin rusted in - steel helmets, two machine guns, and several samurai swords) and a total awareness that WW2 had been a pivotal and recent event for all the adults that we knew. This awareness has lead to a lifetime's interest in the conduct of the war, (in particular a preoccupation with Bomber Command and the bombing of Germany and the terrible suffering of its citizens.)
It seems that only in the last 10 to 15 years has it been possible to read about the war from a German perspective...and this 2004 essay about being German has been on my hard drive since I first read it...
Saturday, 20 September 2008
On Friday, he made available for digital download at pearljam.com "Go All the Way," a song he recorded during his two-night solo stand at the Auditorium Theatre in August. It's a simple acoustic folk ditty, written at the request of Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, that poetically sings the praises of the city's own field of dreams, Wrigley Field, and anticipates the day the perennial losers finally win it all:
"And when the day comes for that last winning run/And I'm crying and covered with beer/I look to the sky and know I was right today/Someday we'll go all the way."
The robust chorus turns it into the kind of sing-along sea shanty or drinking song that Vedder loves. More...here...and download the song here...
"Righty right, me malenky droogs," said Obama, nonchalantly spinning a steel baton while pacing the stage before a packed audience at a Las Vegas baseball stadium. "Come with uncle and hear all proper! Hear angel trumpets and devil trombones. You are all invited. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their faces, with bootsie-woots if thou it suits."
Obama said his new gloves-off campaign strategy was prompted by what he described as a coordinated effort by McCain and talk radio to distract from his message of national unity.
"One thing I could never stand was to hear a filthy, dirty old partisan bushie, howling away his filthy songs and going blurpy blurp," said Obama. "Naughty, naughty, naughty! You filthy old soomkas!"
"So great bolshy yarblockos to you, Johnny brother," he added in a stern warning to the McCain camp, "We'll meet you with chain or britva or Dailykos anytime, not having you aiming factchecks at us reasonless. Well, it stands to reason we won't have it." More...from Iowahawk...
Friday, 19 September 2008
Thursday, 18 September 2008
More from the WSJ here...
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
...are teetering. So is the slogan "all men are equal under the law". Why? because aspects of sharia law have been approved in the main centres of England. (With the approval and probable recommendation of the Archbishop of Canterbury above.)More...
Scroll down to see also Iowahawk's take on this liberal lunacy ...and...
Archbishop Cranmer takes as his inspiration the words of Sir Humphrey Appleby: ‘It’s interesting,’ he observes, ‘that nowadays politicians want to talk about moral issues, and bishops want to talk politics.’ It is the fusion of the two in public life, and the necessity for a wider understanding of their complex symbiosis, which leads His Grace to write on these very sensitive issues.
See Cranmer, blogroll opposite...
Despite several threats by extremists, Paul McCartney has refused to cancel an upcoming concert in Israel. He will go ahead with a gig in honour of the country's 60th anniversary.
"I do what I think and I have many friends who support Israel," McCartney told Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth this weekend.
His comments come in response to a Sunday Express interview with the militant Islamic activist Omar Bakri Muhammad. "If he values his life Mr McCartney must not come to Israel," said Bakri, who has been barred from returning to the UK. "He will not be safe there. The sacrifice operatives will be waiting for him."More...
The idea that the left is nothing but pure, sweet goodness is increasingly being challenged by the more morally-consistent, clear-headed members of the progressive left, some of whom have found themselves, especially after 9-11, unable to abide by the sort of moral blackout wrought by such unexamined self-righteousness. No group of people is immune to ignorance or inconsistency, but one of the differences between the prog/left and conservatives is that, in the Canadian context, Conservatives who espouse openly racist views simply do not rise within their political parties, nor thrive for long in the official grass roots of their party, unless they cease making such utterances. Unfortunately, this is not so much the case on the left, where relatively hateful and even fascistic views thrive comfortably at the official edges. More...
See also Canadian Terry Glavin's blogpost...
Canada's Carpenters' Union has adopted a resolution that they hope will have "a profound effect on organized labour around the world." The union has unanimously denounced the characterization of Israel as an "apartheid state" and calls for greater understanding of the plight of Israeli citizens...here
from Climate Audit...Lehman Bros. and Consensus
My interest in climate change derived in part from experience in the stock market where "consensus" is not infrequently established in favor of opinions that are completely incorrect. And, in many cases, the people promoting the views are competent and serious people. How are such things possible? I read about the Bre-X and Enron failures, trying to distinguish between the "shame on you" and the "shame on me" components - i.e. yes, the original misconduct and deceit was deplorable; but at what point should proper independent due diligence have been able to detect misconduct? At what point were regulatory agencies negligent? Obviously we're going to see a new spate of such inquiries in the wake of the recent collapses.More...
More recently, his opinion is echoed by Mark Henderson, Science Editor of The Times, here...
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
...judging by this rather "robust" cartoon depicting President Jacob Zuma about to rape justice. Note the shower on his head. Reference to his belief that soap and showers would defeat AIDS.
Zapiro has refused to apologise for this controversial cartoon.
The caricature shows Zuma unbuckling his belt in front of a woman representing the justice system with the leaders of the ANC Youth League, Cosatu and the SACP egging him on.
The cartoon comes as the ANC and several of its allies have been accused of attacking the judiciary as the ANC leader waits to hear if the corruption charges against him will be thrown out.
And what of the future?... this from kiwi blogger MAWM (see blogroll) (thanks mate)...
I conclude with my request (made at the International Conference on Climate Change, organized in March 2008 in New York City by the Heartland Institute) that “we have to restart the discussion about the very nature of government and about the relationship between the individual and society,” because as I said many times: the current dispute is not about climatology, it is about freedom. And I would add “about prosperity and living conditions of billions of people.” To avoid a disaster, “we should trust in the rationality of man and in the outcome of spontaneous evolution of human society, not in the virtues of political activism.”
But the Greens say the science is settled, and the debate's over....don't think so.. .read more here...
Monday, 15 September 2008
HOW easily are we fooled by people dreaming up oppressive new Aboriginal "traditions"?
Answer: even a sick young whale like Collette is more sceptical than the average reporter.
Collette is the abandoned calf, or was, found listlessly drifting among the boats of Pittwater last month.
Every New Age wailer in Sydney was soon by her sickly side, sobbing, holding out buckets of milk, or crooning odes to a mammal then known, confusingly, as Colin...more
...and again from Andrew Bolt, Winning the War in Iraq...here
Sunday, 14 September 2008
...is exciting and captivating. Refreshing too, to see and read about new research, unfettered by the constipated and fearful "precautionary principle" of the luddite Greens. Right now HADRON IS hot,hot, hot.. Wonder though if there's an advertiser's/marketer's connection involved? Consider this...HARPIC made cleaning the loo a bit of a lark for stay at home bored housewives, because it sounds soo similar to (dare I say it?) hard prick. Clever,clever clever.
Ever read Vance Packard's 1960's book The Hidden Persuaders ?
Now we have HADRON...c'mon, c'mon think about it. HADRON... an anagram of what ?
Geez, but then again, could be just a gay thing.
Note too, a competition for a suggested name change, and a hacker attack. Here...
...and how Bertie Wooster saw things in 1934 (in Right Ho, Jeeves, P G Wodehouse) -
I have always strenuously supported the Right of every Man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it.
- Thomas Paine, from The Age of Reason
When I returned from Tokyo in the summer of 2000, I started wearing a suit and tie. I had four major projects to carry out.I succeeded on two and failed on one. The fourth project remains undone because I've never found any support for it.
In my several decades of travel in third world countries, I found something few others seemed to have found. In the red dusty Sahel, in the vast flourishing markets of the Cameroon jungle, in tiny Puebla and Lake Atitlan villages, in Arab tents on the side of rocky hills, out in the rice fields of Laos and on the back ruble strewn roads of Southern India, I met countless people who loved their lives. They didn't want progress, they didn't want the Western world, they didn't want wage paying jobs or paved roads to their town.
The people I've met in third world countries don't want the modern world. They love their lives and they want their lives and their families to remain the way they are. They said it and they mean it. But they have no protection from us international purveyors of progress.
Most indigenous people seem to want a few more things available in their markets: battery powered music sources for their local music, a few effective medical supplies for childhood health, some useful farming implements and very little else.
There is no global project to protect these billions of people from the Western commercial onslaught. Creating such an institution is my fourth project.
I know how to do it but I have yet to find any allies to help me.
Saturday, 13 September 2008
...as a 20 year old, living in Bondi in 1967, working at St Vincents Darlinghurst as a radiographer I read "People,Politics and Pop" author forgotten ? Craig McClauchlan ? ...an expose (to a new Kiwi/Pommy visitor) of a barely glimpsed ethos, the Aussie persona. The book captivated me, and I never forgot the final triumphal expression of Aussie pride, the author's declaration of his Australian identity..."I am an Alf!"
This affection and glorification of the Aussie psyche is repeated in the movie Kenny. The hero, Kenny himself, is as his father describes "a glorified turd burglar" a portaloo deliverer, cleaner and collecter bloke, (his peaked cap carries the company logo - SplashDown) filled with angst regarding his own family, yet secure and proud of himself in his own world...
Reflecting on his failed marriage and his ex wife's partner he says "...f***k it,why not cut out the middle man, find someone you hate, and give them a house..."
Kenny never wavers, never loses his dignity... throughout the movie he celebrates Australia, the ordinary working bloke and his important place in the scheme of things.
Kenny, another movie that defines Australia and elevates Australians. Shit collectors some of them maybe but good blokes too...hard to think of a recent Kiwi comedy comparison. Hval Rider maybe...
...and they don't seem to mind! Listen to Nobel and Pullitzer prize winning journo Doyle Redland of The Onion Radio here...and listen to his take on the closing of the Dutch Anti-Defamation League office here...
My lesson came thanks to stripper Linda Naggs, who yesterday was ordered to stand trial for the rape of the best man at a buck's party at Mornington Peninsula last year. More...
Friday, 12 September 2008
...the second rule of moral psychology is that morality is not just about how we treat each other (as most liberals think); it is also about binding groups together, supporting essential institutions, and living in a sanctified and noble way. When Republicans say that Democrats "just don't get it," this is the "it" to which they refer.
Read this from Jonathon Haidt...
See the full press release here...
and note her comments re climate scientists defecting from the global warming doomsday scenario...and read further here...
There will have been many words uttered by day's end. Respectful words, dignified words, mordant words, words of fright, words of bravery and resilience. Here and there from the Middle East we may also notice words of regret and even shame. But not many such words. In the Arab world and the Muslim Crescent blame is not usually taken on oneself. This is a culture adept at exporting responsibility for harm and loss, even tremendous harm and loss, directly on those who have suffered them. The more conspiratorial the more believable.
From Syria this...
and from a patriot, this...
First, ave atque vale. Second, the data cited by tep should be sobering to us all. It should sober us that so many citizens of our closest allies, democratic countries with a free press, are comfortable with ignoring facts, those stubborn things noted by John Adams, in favor of ideology. It should sober us that the attitudes reflected in the far-flung muslim world have moderated so modestly. Third, we should, at least today, be enormously proud that the fierce, and continuing, debate about how to react to 9/11 and how to continue to react, is here, in America. The Europeans aren't debating much; they just want to make a euro and muddle through. Same with the Japanese and the South Koreans. Neither are the muslim countries engaging in much spirited debate; there, as a general proposition, the ruling autocrats, or oligarachs, are mainly interested in keeping a lid on the volcano. Americans are the people at each others throats. Bully for us. We care, passionately, and differently, each from each. That smells like strength and vitality to me. Our story is by no means over. Our early political history was characterized by fierce and brutal political struggle. We got through it; later, other political struggle almost tore the nation apart, and, when resolved, left wounds that lingered for a century. We survived that too. I have no doubt whatsoever that today's divisions will eventually be resolved. God bless America on this painful anniversary.
Read in full here...
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Liberty/freedom isn't high on anyone's political agenda anymore. Why not ?
We must, and we shall, set the tide running again in the cause of freedom. And this party, with its every action, every word, every breath, and every heartbeat, has but a single resolve, and that is freedom.—Barry Goldwater, accepting the 1964 Republican presidential nomination.
In 1986 (?), a few friends (Leo and Thea Gilich where are you ?) started the group F.A.I.R. - Freedom and Individual Responsibility. Our goal was Swiss style binding referendums and we got absolutely nowhere...until I formed a group within the National Party called National Reform... (are you there Merv Rusk and Bruce Knowles ?)and pushed the idea at 2 successive conferences. Hence our present non-binding citizens initiated referendum law...again a total flop. Every referendum since has been totally ignored.But, as I keep reminding myself, it's a start and to rescind it would be political suicide...
And what sort of country do we have now? A cringing nation of sheep. My licence plate reads BAAAAA. Which politician will be first to declare a total and absolute committment to Life,Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness?
This is worth repeating...from the great socialist dictator Adolf Hitler...
The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible
reductions. In this way the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed.
Barry Goldwater in 1964 was unequivocal. Who today is prepared to stand up for personal responsibility and freedom? And when did freedom become an orphan ? ...here
The phenomenon of climate change should include other kinds of factors, both internal, such as volcanoes and human activity, and external, such as solar activity, he said.
"In this century, glaciers are growing," as seen on the Perito Moreno mountain in the Andes; on Mount Logan, the highest mountain in Canada; and on Franz-Josef Glacier, New Zealand, Velasco Herrera said.
My eye was caught in this article by the N and Z - peculiar that isn't it ? and a phone call to the Franz Josef glacier (0800 484 337) confirmed that the glacier is indeed growing...
We aren't likely to read or hear about it from our media sources though...in fact just the opposite. Give Franz Josef a ring...
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
The attitude of the developed world (and I have to include NZ here)to nuclear energy is the key to decoding the signals from leaders in waiting. Our anti-nuclear hysteria is on the wane at last, and some rational debate may follow our November elections. In the USA I wonder whether Al Gore's visions will drive policy, or will economic and environmental common sense take over. Check this out from Reason...
From the Maritimes to the Yukon, the Great White North was once a lawless land where cruel and offensive opinions roamed free - until one man stood up and brought them to justice. One mighty masked man, clad in the scarlet breechcoat of the Royal Canadian Mounted Human Rights Police, astride a golden disabled lesbian steed, with his faithful transgender Indian scout at his side. Together they rode from Yellowknife to St. John's, keeping Canadians safe from the spectre of multicultural insensitivity.
The Canadian Broadcast Corporation invites you to return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear as we tell the tales of that legendary singing Human Rights Mountie. It's time for excitement - it's time for lawsuits - It's time for... Warman of the Mounted!more...
A pommy story, but it happens here...
That's me on the right. Don't know who the other dude is but he had a stupid hat on.
Paper or plastic? It's a question that has tormented progressives in the check-out line for decades. On one hand, paper bags are biodegradable - but they result in massive clearcuts that scar the landscape. Plastic bags, on the other hand, don't require the destruction of trees and really come in handy when huffing paint. But one can't ignore the millions of innocent sea mammals that perish every year attempting to ingest plastic bags, or by using them to explore the wonders of auto-erotic asphyxiation. So which of the two evils does an environmentally-conscious, green-thinking progressive choose? And then, how do we force everyone else to do the same?
The answer didn't come easy to the Seattle City Council. The Founding Fathers obviously didn't intend for Freedom of Choice to include things that have nothing to do with abortion. Yet if the city banned paper and plastic bags outright, people would just find other ways to carry their groceries home. And without plastic grocery bags, what would the city's homeless use for hats? The solution, it seemed, was cloudier than Amy Winehouse's urine. Luckily, the council had a veritable wellspring of wisdom to turn to for advice - Seattle's Progressive Community.
Anyhoo, I suggested that until society has evolved to the point that people no longer succumb the consumerist urge to buy groceries, a 20 cent tax per bag could be placed on all shoppers in order to discourage them from using grocery bags in much the same way that sin taxes have wiped out drinking, smoking, and gambling in our fair state.
Change will come, but it won't happen overnight. Just this morning, I saw a guy carrying two plastic bags full of groceries past the gay bathhouse, totally oblivious to the harm he was doing to society. But there are things we as progressives can do to lead the selfish idiot herds by example. For instance, I now carry all my food home from the grocery store completely bag-free, box-free, and jar-free, one handful at a time. I get some nasty stares while trying to pass my organically-grown creamed corn over the self-service scanners, but the needs and wants of the Community far outweigh any discomfort I feel over questions about my sanity.
Good, a pragmatic decision. But where does that leave our anti-nuclear prissiness ? In the garbage that's where...As the NZ Herald says this morning, our anti-nuclear posturing looks "...narrow, opportunistic and ludicrous...nuclear puritanism is finished."
Our anti-technology, green appeasing anti-nuclear hypocrisy is on the way out. Another reason for ringing the bells...roll on the 8th November election!
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
...will be switched on in a matter of hours. The answers to the riddles of the universe could be within reach, as could black holes, the Higgs boson and other mysteries. Check it out here...then visit the official site here, and enrol in the global computer network to help unravel the data here...
"The nuclear family" said a 1973 UN report "is the biggest single obstacle to women's liberation".
The bell ringers are ringing out the death of that statement, and the death of the restrictive, man hating philosophy behind it. In addition they are celebrating the acknowledgment that feminism cannot be defined by ideology,and cannot villify women who don't fit the 1970's model.
It was of course the selection of Sarah Palin as Republican running mate that called the bell ringers out...See this by Kay Hymowitz in City Journal
...central to Palin’s red-state appeal is her earthy embrace of motherhood. She differs from mainstream feminists in that her sexuality and fecundity are not in tension with her achievement and power. If anything, they rise out of them. Instead of holding her back, her five children embody her energy, competence, authority, and optimism. Maybe she’s annoyed at the way the First Dude, as her husband calls himself, forgets to fold the laundry or call the pediatrician, but she’s not going to make a federal case—make that an Alaskan state case—out of it. “She’s a real woman, she’s a real feminist but she’s not strident—she’s like us,” Cheryl Hauswirth, a middle-aged mother from Wisconsin, told Politico writer Jonathan Martin. “She’s strong, powerful and opinionated, all the things a woman should be, while still retaining her femininity, her womanhood.”
The contrast with Hillary Clinton couldn’t be starker.
A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World
by Gregory Clark
Princeton University Press, 2007
This book is apparently well worth a read... and asks big questions: Why are some societies rich and others poor? Why did the Industrial Revolution occur in the seventeenth century, in England? Why do some societies—in Africa, for example—find sustained growth so elusive?
Forgive the reviewer his stumbles with punctuation, and press on...consider this
It is naive merely to ‘export’ formal institutions such as property rights legislation, transparency compacts, and democracy to underdeveloped societies. To do so now is almost as unsophisticated as it was fifty years ago to simply send capital goods to ports in less developed countries. What really matters is the populace’s receptiveness to freedom, which is based on deep-seated cultural institutions and attitudes, and which does not grow overnight. By overlooking the cultural foundations of prosperity, development optimists and freedom apostles in Washington and Canberra are wasting resources. Do-gooders who simply offer alms may indeed cause harm if they entrench dependency and a claimant mentality among people trapped in the ‘Malthusian mindset.’
Quite right sir. Now, if only he'd carry on to explain why Canada is a relative economic and political pygmy compared to its southern neighbour...and let's not mention the Olympics...(NB For further insight into Malthusian twaddle, see this great comment by Ronald Bailey here)...
Read the full review here...
hat tip JD
Monday, 8 September 2008
Whale meat recipes here, and extensive tips/advice on how to use whale by-products for preventing leaf mould, fires in your chimney and curing scrofula....How to spot a choice cut among the slabs of mediocre meat and a suggested menu for the next community activist meeting...
The instructional movies have been well reviewed, and the link to Trendy Hval details options for whale cutlets Mexican style...
hat tip PKH...
Sunday, 7 September 2008
When your kids can't add up to save themselves it's not because of the politicisation of our school system by rabidly socialist teachers unions, it's John Howards fault. When your kids can't spell "proply" it's not the fault of fat-arsed lazy teachers who can only manage to work 40 weeks per year, it's John Howards fault. When your kids think that movies like Rabbit Proof Fence are actually truthful documentaries it's not the fault of an ALP State Government who is totally inept, it's John Howards fault.
Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard & Co are showing what they really mean when they talk of ending the blame game. Pissweak, eh? Grow a spine Kev.
Elvis is not dead. His death was faked by aliens who held him captive for more than 30 years before returning him to Earth to impersonate New Zealand’s former foreign affairs and racing minister.
In this guise he has gone about offering honorary consulships to people he bumps into at international sporting events, soliciting funds from wealthy expatriate businessmen and plying wealthy locals with alcohol before hitting them up for donations.
Meanwhile, the real Mr Peters, who has stumped the country, telling supporters NZ First does not accept political donations from big business, has been made to look like a hypocrite and a charlatan because of the wayward activities of his malevolent doppelganger.
Editorial, Dom.Post 06.09.08
Saturday, 6 September 2008
Polluter George W Bush Hiding Fresh Air Inside Your Car's Tyres
"We could save all the oil that they're talking about getting off drilling, if everybody was just inflating their tyres and -- and -- and getting regular tune-ups, you can actually save just as much." - President Barack Obama
Less than ten minutes after President Obama issued his holy fatwa about filling our tyres with air to bring down gas prices, I was already down at the local Jiffy Lube demanding to speak to the fascist in charge.
"I want answers," I demanded, furiously pounding my fist on the counter, "and I want them NOW!"
I keep telling you," the neo-con chickenhawk manager persisted. "They're those round rubber things on the bottom of your car!"
"And you fill them up with AIR?" I pressed him further.
"For the last time," he sighed, "YES."
This wasn't good. Despite his godlike intelligence, President Obama obviously didn't think this thing through. Every ounce of air we put into our tyres is one less ounce that humans - and more importantly, animals - have for breathing. It's air stolen directly from the lungs of Mother Earth and replaced with deadly exhaust fumes. It's a terrible crime against nature that has been going on right under our very noses for years. Apparently, the Jiffy Lube has been surreptitiously - and without my consent - filling my tyres with AIR every time I take the Prius in for a tune-up.
Well, I told Jiffy Jim in no uncertain terms to release the air imprisoned within my so-called "tyres" hereto and forthwith.
"But sir," he complained, intentionally neglecting to employ a gender-neutral pronoun, "if I deflate your tyres, you won't be able to drive your car out of here."
This is why uneducated conservatives will never be able to compete against enlightened progressives in a game of wits. He really thought he had me stumped, but I was one step ahead of him.
"So fill them back up again," I instructed him, "with greenhouse gases!"
It was brilliant! By freeing the air stashed within my tyres and replacing it with the greenhouse gases that were destroying the planet, I could essentially kill two of Bush's nasty little birds with one stone.
The manager, of course, couldn't grasp such a complex idea with his tiny, reptilian brain. He gave me that same look I get from conservatives whenever I bring up the Aids epidemic during a conversation about potato salad. But all cons are motivated by greed, so after I offered to pay him $100 to replace the air in my tyres with greenhouse gases, he finally agreed to the task. He even requested that I send my progressive friends and co-workers over to have the service done on their vehicles.
The down side is that you have to leave your car there overnight. It's worth it, though, to save the planet. I picked up my Prius this afternoon - and although it's a deep red color, it's the greenest car on the road.
What do community organizers do? As you know, Americans today are struggling with problems. These problems include rising unemployment, energy cost, alienation, animosity, corporations, and increased death. Like no other time in our history, Americans are staring into an abyss of a hellhole of helplessness. And this is where community organizers like me come in and provide needed solutions. Specifically, America's community organizers:
* reach out and work with communities in various ways.
* liaison with, and for, community agencies for service within affected areas.
* fight to make a difference.
* raise awareness.
* deal with community issues.
* raise awareness in the community of how we are making differences about undealt-with issues .
* when necessary, refer inquiries to outreach coordinators.
* Help coordination agency administrators identify and address outreach opportunities.
* model timetables and conceptualize benchmarks.
* issue guidelines for poster contests and interpretive dance festivals.
* Gather voter registrations, win valuable prizes.
And that's just the beginning....
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Japan is the world’s top country for being strangled in bed.
Per capita, New Zeleanders strangle and suffocate more people in bed than any other country. The average New Zealander is 150 times more likely to be accidentally strangled or suffocated (in bed) than the average Colombian.
...something to do with cot deaths perhaps ?
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I don't think I've ever heard or seen a more perfect marriage of mood and music than this combination...the movie is unforgettable, and Vedder's voice and lyrics seem to be a clear snapshot of the soul of the man they represent.
For a great overview see this article from The Mens Journal, and from Wikipedia...
On August 12, McCandless wrote what are assumed to be his final words in his journal: "Beautiful Blueberries." He tore the final page from Louis L'Amour's memoir, Education of a Wandering Man, which contains an excerpt from a Robinson Jeffers poem titled "Wise Men in Their Bad Hours":
Death's a fierce meadowlark: but to die having made
Something more equal to centuries
Than muscle and bone, is mostly to shed weakness.
The mountains are dead stone, the people
Admire or hate their stature, their insolent quietness,
The mountains are not softened or troubled
And a few dead men's thoughts have the same temper.
On the other side of the page, McCandless added, "I HAVE HAD A HAPPY LIFE AND THANK THE LORD. GOODBYE AND MAY GOD BLESS ALL!"
His body was found in his sleeping bag inside the bus, weighing an estimated sixty-seven pounds. He had been dead for more than two weeks. His official cause of death was starvation caused by consuming a poisonous plant that causes the stomach and digestive system to shut down.
Christopher J. McCandless... now forever young...
Born February 12, 1968
Southern California, USA
Died August 18, 1992 (aged 24)
Stampede Trail, Alaska, USA
Parents Walt and Billie McCandless
See the movie, see the movie...
Friday, 5 September 2008
Watch this site...it has rational comment re greenie lunacy, favours more referendums and is based around a simple precept, ie economic growth benefits all...