Friday, February 24, 2017

Kevin Donnelly: We should not tolerate the intolerable

Proven by the latest bizarre ­example, where Muslim students do not have to shake hands with females, it’s clear that education’s politically correct embrace of ­diversity and difference — the new code for multiculturalism — reigns supreme.

As reported in yesterday’s The Australian, school officials at Sydney’s Hurstville Boys Campus, based on a literal interpretation of a hadith, told Muslim students that it was permissible to refuse to greet females in the customary way.

Brian Gaynor: Trump’s tax cuts will have worldwide impact

One of Donald Trump’s main election promises was to slash taxes, including the corporate tax rate. 

His election manifesto – under the bold heading “Tax reform will make America great again” – declared that he would reduce the corporate rate from 35 per cent to 15 per cent because companies were deserting America because of its high taxes.

Mole News

Golden Bay iwi apply for country's first water conservation order for an aquifer
A Golden Bay iwi wants the Government to step in and protect the aquifer that feeds the country's largest freshwater springs.

Ngati Tama ki Te Waipounamu has applied directly to the Environment Minister Nick Smith for an unprecedented water conservation order for the aquifer that feeds Te Waikoropupu Springs in Golden Bay.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

GWPF Newsletter - G20: Merkel Sets A Climate Ambush For Trump

Scott Pruitt Signals Dramatic Shift in EPA Priorities

In this newsletter:

1) G20: Merkel Sets A Climate Ambush For Trump
National Review Online, 22 February 2017
2) Scott Pruitt Signals Dramatic Shift in EPA Priorities
The Wall Street Journal, 22 February 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: BeeGate

How Green Campaigners Subverted Science

In this newsletter:

1) BeeGate: How Green Campaigners Subverted Science
The Risk-Monger, 18 February 2017

2) U.S. Congress Launches Probe Into Climate Data That Duped World Leaders Over Global Warming
Mail on Sunday, 19 February 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Polar Bear Numbers Still On The Rise, Despite Global Warming

Bates, Burgers & The Scientific Integrity Of NOAA

In this newsletter:

1) Polar Bear Numbers Still On The Rise, Despite Global Warming
The Daily Caller, 16 February 2017
2) It’s Official: Polar Bear Numbers Continue To Rise
Polar Bear Science, 15 February 2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Matt Ridley: A century of Marxism-Leninism

Human beings can be remarkably dense. The practice of bloodletting, as a medical treatment, persisted despite centuries of abundant evidence that it did more harm than good. 

The practice of communism, or political bloodletting as it should perhaps be known, whose centenary in the Bolshevik revolution is reached this year, likewise needs no more tests. It does more harm than good every time. Nationalised, planned, one-party rule benefits nobody, let alone the poor.

Lindsay Mitchell: Falling out over whanau first

Maori Party MP Marama Fox is threatening to pull support from the government over legislation that removes cultural priority when placing a Maori child in care. But her choice of words would lead you to believe she supported the change:
"Just because we want to provide a safe and loving home doesn't make it mutually exclusive to a Maori home," Fox said.
What she actually wants is the status quo - whanau first.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Europe’s Green Madness: Dieselgate Was A Political Disaster

Britain’s Energy Policy In Disarray As Toshiba Faces Bankruptcy

In this newsletter:

1) Europe’s Green Madness: Dieselgate Was A Political Disaster
The Wall Street Journal, 15 February 2017
2) Britain’s Energy Policy Thrown Into Disarray As Toshiba Faces Bankruptcy
Daily Mail, 15 February 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

NZCPR Newsletter: Taxing Commercial Charities

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we look at whether commercial charities should pay their ‘fair share’ of tax, our NZCPR Guest Commentator, Lord Richard Balfe of Dulwich, shares his thoughts on charity reform in the UK, and our poll asks whether for-profit commercial charities should pay tax on income that is not directly used for charitable purposes.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Met Office vs NOAA

The Battle For Truth And Credibility Over Global Warming Pause

In this newsletter:

1) ‘Slowdown’ In Ocean Heating Gives Climate Sceptics A Warm Glow
The Sunday Times, 12 February 2017
2) David Whitehouse: Karl et al. (2015) And The Return Of The ‘Pause‘
GWPF Observatory, 6 February 2017

Frank Newman: Recovering the cost of tenant damage

In April last year the Court of Appeal ruled (in Holler and Rouse v Osaki) that a tenant did not have to pay for damage where the cause was not done intentionally. The facts of that case go something like this.

Mr Holler and Ms Rouse rented a house rented to Mr Osaki and his family. The house was insured with AMI. It seems Mrs Osaki was a bit of an absent minded cook as she left a pot of oil on full heat, which caused a fire and over $216k worth of damage.

Guy Benson: Poll of US High Schoolers on free speech, 'offensive' or 'bullying' comments

Matt Ridley: Thumb on the scale of temperature trends?

Back in December, some American scientists began copying government climate data onto independent servers in what press reports described as an attempt to safeguard it from political interference by the Trump administration. There is to be a March for Science in April whose organisers say: “It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.”

Well, today they have a chance to do just that, but against their own colleagues who stand accused of doing what they claim the Trump team has done. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Karl du Fresne: A puzzling departure from normal practice

Is there any more intractable issue in international affairs than that of Israel and Palestine? Offhand, I can’t think of any. It’s tricky for a whole lot of reasons. One is that the competing claims of the two sides, Israel and the Palestinians, both have weight.

The Jews, having suffered centuries in exile, mostly in countries where they experienced relentless discrimination and persecution, have a right to a homeland where they can feel safe and secure. But the Palestinians feel aggrieved because to provide that Jewish homeland, they were displaced from land that they regarded as theirs.

Monday, February 13, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: ‘Dead On Arrival’ - Carbon Tax Push From Former GOP Officials Faces Strong Opposition

Why Old-Guard Republicans’ Carbon Tax Plan Has No Chance

In this newsletter:

1) ‘Dead On Arrival’: Carbon Tax Push From Former GOP Officials Faces Strong Opposition
Associated Press, 9 February 2017
2) Why Old-Guard Republicans’ Carbon Tax Plan Has No Chance
The Daily Caller, 9 February 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Rolling Blackouts In South Australia As Wind Farms Fail Again

Coldest Winter In Decade Causes Energy Shortages Across Southeast Europe

In this newsletter:

1) Rolling Blackouts In South Australia As Wind Farms Fail Again
Herald Sun, 8 February 2017
2) Oh Dear: Aussie Energy Regulator Says Wind Farm Changes Mean South Australian Blackout Won’t Be Repeated
RE New Economy, 6 February 2017

NZCPR: Out of Control Regulations

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

In this week's NZCPR newsletter we look at government over-regulation and what is driving it, our Guest Commentator is artisan cheese producer Biddy Fraser-Davies who explains how the Ministry of Primary Industries is regulating her business “into extinction”, and our website poll asks whether you believe government regulation is out of control. We would also like to encourage readers with horror stories about regulation, to share them with us via the poll comments – and please feel free to ask others to do the same.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Frank Newman: Crystal ball gazing

In its first review statement of the year the Reserve Bank has left the official cash rate (OCR) unchanged at 1.75%. The commentary from bank governor Graeme Wheeler suggested it could remain at these levels for quite a while - years rather than months. He said inflation would be the major consideration when reviewing the OCR in the future but he does not expect inflation to track outside of the one to three percent band and is forecasting it will not reach two percent until some time in 2019.

That's good news generally but does not mean mortgage rates will remain unchanged. Banks finance a significant part of their lending from overseas and interest rate changes in those markets will flow through to mortgage rates here. Global interest rates are on the rise, and our mortgage rates have already increased about 0.5% from their lows.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Karl du Fresne: Donald Trump and the decline of objective journalism

One consequence of the Trump presidency is that it has accelerated the decline of detached, objective journalism.

Most people outside America, me included, despise Donald Trump. This has apparently made it permissible for the media to abandon all pretence of neutrality and to treat him as fair game for contempt, disgust and ridicule.