Saturday, November 28, 2009

Bin-liner Continues Global Warming Propaganda

As Whale Oil points out in his blog here, the New Zealand news media finally appears to be waking up to the global warming fraud that the rest of the world's media has headlined for a couple of weeks.

Not Wellington's Dominion Post, however. This newspaper, which some people refer to as New Zealand's Pravda but which I prefer to call the bin-liner, is today running a full front page article in its international section and three full pages in another section promoting the global warming myth and the political 'solutions' to it. There is, of course, nothing in the newspaper at all about the scandalous fraud that has been revealed at the Climate Research Unit in the UK or the misinformation coming from NZ's own NIWA institute. The DomPost couldn't have made it more obvious where it sits on this issue - clearly on the side of the fraudulent claims and the totalitarian solutions being adopted by our Government and others overseas.

It's too much to expect even moderately balanced reporting from this bin-liner. Mind you, I think bin-liner is too good a use for it. If it wasn't covered in bullshit already I'd use it in the toilet.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

This Country is Poked

So, we now have an emissions trading scheme that will cost the country over $100B. We have residual ACC claims of $24B. We have leaky homes liability that ratepayers will have to pick up of tens of billions of dollars. We have rapidly rising health and welfare costs. And we have a Government that was elected on a platform of economic growth whose flagship project is a cycleway. Does anyone else see the pattern here? This country is facing huge increases in Government spending in years to come to support all these profligate schemes and that spending will not be supported by increased growth and earnings.

I am already planning my early retirement to some warm and peaceful tax haven. I intend to make damned sure I'm not around to foot the bill for all this foolishness.

Hide-Bound Ideas on the ETS

So Rodney Hide is finally stepping up to the mark and criticising the Emissions Trading Scheme. I'm sure the huge volume of e-mails he has had from supporters has jolted his conscience, just like it did with his profligate overseas travel spending.

The Herald reports that Maori Party MP Rahui Katene returned the swipe, beginning her speech by noting it was a joy to work with a party "not tied down in Hide-bound ideas". What he or she (I've really no idea which) means is that it is good to deal with a party (National) that has no principles. How true!

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Global Warming Fraud and NZ's ETS

So now we have the smoking gun evidence for what we all suspected - that the scientific case for Anthropogenic Global Warming is a carefully orchestrated fraud. The less gullible of us already knew that the science was dubious (see my earlier post here) and that there was some deliberate manipulation and cherry-picking of data going on, but what we didn't know was that there was deliberate lying behind some of the claims. Now we do.

The timing is fortunate because the New Zealand Government is about to foist a dreadfully damaging emissions trading scheme on this country and they are doing some cynical backroom dealing of their own with Maoridom to get the support of the Maori Party.

It is not too late for the Government to withdraw from this farce with their integrity intact. They can justify the backdown because of the revelations around the scientific fraud that has been exposed in the UK. The ETS is a huge mistake that will cost New Zealanders billions of dollars in direct cost and tens of billions more in lost competitiveness and poor economic growth for decades to come. And we're going to look pretty stupid if we end up the only country in the OECD with such an onerous emissions trading scheme when the current scandal causes other governments to rethink their own proposed schemes.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Anzac biltz on drunken violence - is this really necessary?

Police forces across Australasia have chosen a single weekend for a blitz on what they say is a trans-Tasman problem – booze-fuelled street crime, according to Stuff.

Is this really necessary? What does the drunken antics of hooligans on New Zealand streets have to do with Australia? Why would our police force need to cooperate with their Australian counterparts over what is purely a domestic issue?

This sounds awfully like coordinated thuggery on the part of the two countries' police forces, as if beating up young drunks on both sides of the Tasman legitimises it.

I appreciate we have a problem with binge drinking in this country but I also think that this highly-publicised and unnecessary campaign will do nothing to stop drunken violence but rather will provoke it.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Who would want to be an MP anyway?

Aren't the media hypocrites having fun? These tossers for whom work consists of knocking out an article or two per day and who spend the rest of their time propping up the bar at their local watering hole, are pointing the finger at Ministers and MPs who use their entitlement to take partners on trips. And the blogosphere is just as bad with the lefties crowing about Rodney Hide and the righties crowing about Chris Carter.

To quote Rhett Butler, frankly my dear, I don't give a damn.

Let's get something straight here - Ministers and MPs are not well paid. Certainly I wouldn't do what they do for anything less than several times their salary and allowances. Most of them work seven days a week and, when Parliament is sitting, all hours of the night. They draw the odium and contempt of at least half the population even when they are doing a good job. Sure, there are some lazy fools amongst them who don't pull their weight and who would have trouble holding down a regular job at McDonald's, but most of them work damned hard for bugger all reward. And they are ENTITLED to take their wifes, partners and lovers with them on overseas trips. They are not stealing, they're simply claiming what their employment terms allow them to.

So I think it is time the media backed off and turned their tiny minds to the real issues facing this country - the economy, crime, government spending and bureaucracy.

Incidentally, I do think it is time to reform Parliament again - and we shouldn't have to wait to 2017 as John Key has proposed (god, will that guy ever commit to anything?). We should abolish MMP, return to first-past-the-post, and reduce the size of Parliament by a half. We would be left with a better standard of MP and the whole show would cost a lot less. Anyway, that's another blog...