Meeting iwi values crucial to success Finding a framework for a proposed Remarkables National Park that addresses Ngai Tahu’s concerns is a key to the park’s creation, a proponent says.
Federated Mountain Clubs (FMC) president Peter Wilson says he is as optimistic about the park’s long-term prospects as he was last June, when FMC and Forest & Bird launched their campaign to lobby for the proposal.
Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump greeted the cold snap that was gripping much of the U.S. by tweeting, “Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming.” He was criticized for confusing weather with climate. But he’s hardly alone in making this mistake, as we have seen in coverage of the most destructive weather-related events of 2017.
Angela Merkel Lectured Trump On Global Warming, Now Germany Is Abandoning Its Climate Goal In this newsletter: 1) It’s All Over: German Parties Agree To Scrap Legally Binding 2020 Climate Target Reuters, 8 January 2018 2) Angela Merkel Lectured Trump On Global Warming, Now Germany Abandoning Its Climate Goal Daily Caller, 8 January 2018
In today’s crazy world, western politicians are wasting billions of tax-payer
dollars force-feeding costly unreliable green energy in the bizarre belief that
this will somehow change Earth’s climate.
Even more incredible, they fear global warmth and seem hell-bent on creating
global cooling. They should study climate history. It is snow and ice, cold dry
air and carbon dioxide starvation we need to fear, not a warm, moist, fertile, bountiful
In a column entitled “Everything must go“, George Monbiot writes that economic growth “will destroy everything”. While he rails at length against growth, he doesn’t go into any detail about his preferred alternative. Moreover, his diatribe is mostly against consumption, whereas an increase in productivity (for example, doing more with less) is usually the primary driver of economic growth. Increased productivity does sometimes result in more consumption, but also increased savings and investment, among other things. His main gripe is to do with growth’s environmental impact. However, he ignores the problems low economic growth brings and the benefits of a strong economy. Think about where the major environmental problems are today versus a generation or more ago. For starters, low growth USSR had terrible environmental catastrophes relative to the USA. But even in America we had LA smog and New York pollution. Economic growth brought prosperity and the wherewithal to address these issues, which no longer exist.
In the early 1960s, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, there was a disagreement about what computers would achieve. One faction, led by John McCarthy and Marvin Minsky, championed “artificial intelligence”, believing that computers would gradually replace human beings. The other, led by Norbert Wiener and JCR Licklider, the man who oversaw the creation of the internet’s precursor, championed “human-computer symbiosis”, believing that computers would augment human beings. “Man-computer symbiosis is an expected development in co-operative interaction between men and electronic computers,” wrote Licklider in a crucial essay published in 1960. “It will involve very close coupling between the human and the electronic members of the partnership.” In his arresting analogy, computers would be to us as fig wasps are to fig trees: symbiotic partners.
Don Brash could be excused for feeling a little bruised as 2017 draws to a close.
The former leader of the National and ACT parties used his Facebook page to criticise Guyon Espiner, one of the presenters of Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report, for repeatedly showing off his fluency in Maori.
Brash objected because, as he pointed out, hardly any listeners to the programme would know what Espiner was saying. According to Brash, the presenter’s use of te reo is an example of “virtue signalling” – in other words, flaunting his moral superiority.
First Nation leaders need to move beyond victimhood to resolve problems
The ’60s Scoop was back in the news this month, and I expect we will hear more about it in the coming years. In fact, I am guessing there are plans in place to make it the subject of the next national inquiry after the missing women’s inquiry has wrapped up. So, what is the ’60s Scoop? It is usually described as a decade when aboriginal children were stolen from their parents by overzealous social workers attempting to perpetuate cultural genocide by placing aboriginal children in American homes.
There is a fine line between teaching and brainwashing. Teaching informs students about the world around them and helps them become critical thinkers. In contrast, brainwashing provides students with heavily skewed information that leads to one predetermined conclusion. It’s easy to mix these two things up if we aren’t careful.
The first was to think he could criticise a high-profile Radio New Zealand presenter on Facebook and get away with it. The second and much bigger mistake was to accept an invitation to explain himself on Kim Hill’s Saturday morning radio show.
Inevitably, Brash was savaged. It was as close as RNZ will ever get to blood sport as entertainment.
For at least 50 years Australian taxpayers and other innocents have supported a
parasitic industry in academia, bureaucracy, law, media and the tax-exempt
Green Alarm “Charities”, all studying, regulating, inspecting and writing about
yet another “imminent threat to Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.”
It has become the never-ending battle of the Coral Sea.
The threats change, but there is always a doomsday forecast – Crown-of-Thorns,
oil drilling, fishing, cane farming, coastal shipping, global warming, ocean
acidity, coral bleaching, port dredging, chemical and fertiliser runoff, coal
transport, river sediments, loss of world heritage status etc. Every recycled
scare, magnified by the media and parroted by politicians, generates more
income for the alarm industry, usually at the expense of taxpayers, consumers
or local industries.
more than a year our state broadcaster, Radio New Zealand, has concealed the
fact that it is engaged in a campaign to “change the linguistic landscape”.
This radical new mission was far from voluntary. It was imposed from above,
forced upon a supine RNZ staff following amendments to the Maori Language Act
New Zealanders were aware that one of their most trusted institutions had been
so fundamentally subverted, and no-one at RNZ, it would seem, thought fit to
tell them (or even, as many of us might have hoped - to protest). But no, they
just quietly went along - some of them minimally and probably reluctantly, but
others with servile enthusiasm.
Most property investors undertake some form of analysis before
they make an investment decision. They
"Crunch the numbers" to forecast profit and in some cases they use
quite sophisticated models to predict investment returns out some 10 years or
This typically would involve estimating the future rental stream, expenses,
interest rates, and a resale value of the property. The timing of those future income steams and payments are then
adjusted by what known as a discount rate
to take account of the time value of money - because money in hand can be
invested so net cash flow received sooner rather than later is worth more.
At first glance it
would seem that the Otago Daily Times, Arthur Wellesley and the writer of a
recent and contentious column in the ODT - Dave Witherow, do not have all that
much in common.
The connection is the famous statement of Arthur Wellesley
- better known as the Duke of Wellington or the Iron Duke who famously said – “publish
and be damned”.
The Duke was alleged to be having an affair with a “scarlet
women” and was subject to a blackmail attempt in return for their silence. The
allegations were published. The Duke went on to become Prime Minister despite
the English being scandalized.
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