Saturday, July 2, 2016

Peter Saunders: Britain has rediscovered its liberty



Since the 1950s, the Eurocrat dream has been to impose a federal union onto the old, historic nations of Europe.  Since the creation of the common currency in 2002, this dream has become an imperative.

Nineteen of the 28 EU members dumped their national currencies in favour of the Euro.  Since then, unemployment in the southern European countries has surged.  Youth unemployment rates are staggering (49% in Greece; 45% in Spain; 39% in Italy).  These economies are being sacrificed to the Euro-federalist totem.

Mole News


Whanau Ora Cash-Cow Rumbles On Unchecked
The public of New Zealand have been waiting for one detailed, independent economic analysis on Whanau Ora since July 2014, and they will have to keep waiting, says New Zealand First.

“New Zealand First made an Official Information Act request asking if any such report had been prepared and we were advised none existed,” says Darroch Ball, New Zealand First’s Spokesperson for Social Policy.

Karl du Fresne: Rogue cops negate the good work of their colleagues



How the police trapped the loathsome double murderer Kamal Reddy was brilliant – an example of patient, persistent and determined police work. 

Reddy is the Auckland man who cold-bloodedly killed his girlfriend, Pakeeza Yusuf, because she didn’t want him in her life anymore. Then he used a pillow to smother her three-year-old daughter, Jojo, so she wouldn’t talk.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

GWPF Newsletter: EU Climate Plans Stall As Brexit Talks Take Over








British Solar Industry In Total Free Fall After Subsidy Cuts

In this newsletter:

1) EU Climate Plans Stall As Brexit Talks Take Over
Climate Home, 27 June 2016
 
2) British Solar Industry In Total Free Fall After Subsidy Cuts
The Daily Caller, 27 June 2016

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

GWPF Newsletter: Brexit Victory Boosts Climate Sceptics








Brexit, Climate Alarmism And The GWPF Myth


In this newsletter:

1) Brexit Victory Boosts Climate Sceptics 
Toronto Sun, 27 June 2016

2) Brexit, Climate Alarmism And The GWPF Myth
Financial Post, 25 June 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016

Barend Vlaardingerbroek: Brexit – so what? Now what?



The Europhile elite has been defeated. Great Britain shows Europe the way to the future and to liberation. It is now time for a fresh start, relying on our own efforts and sovereignty.- Geert Wilders, Dutch Freedom Party, 25 June

You could have knocked me over with a feather when I switched on the BBC the other day and heard that the UK had decided to leave the EU.

Bruce Moon: False Claims About Water


Two Victoria University academics are reported as claiming that three bottom lines - outlined in a Cabinet paper on water in May 2016 - breaches the Treaty of Waitangi. The three options are: “nobody owns freshwater”; “no national settlement favouring iwi/hapu over other uses”; and “Allocation determined catchment by catchment based on resource availability, efficiency of use, good industry practice and a positive contribution to regional economic development”.

Their claims are blatantly false.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Frank Newman: New rules for landlords


From 1 July, amendments to the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act will come into effect.  The changes cover a number of areas but here's the fine print regarding smoke alarms and insulation.

Smoke alarms
  • From 1 July landlords will need to have working smoke alarms installed in all their residential rentals.

GWPF Newsletter: Britain Declares Independence








Brexit Has Significant Implications For Energy & Climate Policies


In this newsletter:

1) Peiser: Brexit Has Significant Implications For Energy And Climate Policies
The Daily Caller, 24 June 2016
 
2) UN Boss: Brexit Means Rewriting Of Paris Climate Agreement
EurActiv.com, 22 June 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016

GWPF Newsletter: The Return Of The Global Warming Pause?








New Climate Science Survey Reveals Uncertainties

In this newsletter:

1) The Return Of The Global Warming Pause?
Roy Spencer, 22 June 2016
 
2) Global Sea Surface Temperature Responses to the 1997/98 and 2015/16 El Niño Events
Watts Up With That, 23 June 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Matt Ridley: A bright global future for Britain


I was just too young to vote in the 1975 referendum. I would have voted “Yes” to the European Community and I think I would have been right to do so. It had contributed to European peace by blurring French and German economic sovereignty. It was a free trade area in a world of high tariff barriers, albeit within a protectionist wall that excluded other countries and continents. It helped to halt Britain’s disastrous obsession with central planning.

Two decades later, the European project stopped being about economic growth (to this day it still has no trade deals with America, China, Japan, Brazil, India, Canada, Australia and Indonesia) and embarked on the drive for monetary and political union, embodied in the treaties of Maastricht, Amsterdam and Lisbon.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

GWPF Newsletter: Resilient U.S. Shale Producers Defeat OPEC








The Energy Absurdity Of The Paris Climate Agreement

In this newsletter:

1) Resilient U.S. Shale Producers Defeat OPEC 
Reuters, 20 June 2016
 
2) The New Swing Producer: Shale Bounces Back
The Economist, 18 June 2016

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Lindsay Mitchell: Free-for-all benefit system is untenable


Barrister Catriona MacLennan recently recommended improvements to the social welfare system via the current rewrite of our social security legislation. She wants to “…ensure all New Zealanders in hardship receive the help they need.”  The original intent of social security was to alleviate unforeseen hardship. Not self-imposed hardship. One in five babies  born onto welfare every year is not unforeseen hardship.

She wants “…the reduction of poverty [to be] the aim of social welfare, rather than the current focus on reducing the number of beneficiaries.”

Matt Ridley: Why Europe cannot grow digital giants

The EU is falling behind and it's not bad luck, it's bad policy

Last week I visited an island and stood among a crowd of puffins. If I turned my head I could see the lighthouse. If I looked up, the arctic terns were above my head. Yet I never left a gallery in Gateshead. How come? I was wearing a virtual-reality mask.

I have tried this “Oculus” technology once before, when visiting Facebook in California (which owns Oculus) and it is truly extraordinary to have an all-round, up-and-down view of the world depending on how you turn your head. All it involves is a special (Samsung) smartphone jammed into a pair of goggles.

GWPF Newsletter: La Nina Is Coming And Temps Are Dropping Fast








U.S. Court Orders University Of Arizona To Release Climategate E-mails

In this newsletter:

1) La Nina Is Coming And Temps Are Dropping Fast
Vencore Weather, 15 June 2016
 
2) U.S. Court Orders University Of Arizona To Release Climategate E-mails
Energy & Environment Legal Institute, 16 June 2016

Mike Butler: Scientist says P-risk over-hyped


The P-contamination test does not point to a health risk and property owners are spending megabucks on unnecessary testing and remediation, a toxicologist confirmed this week. The advice from toxicologist Nick Kim is that testing for P, a street name for methamphetamine, does not necessarily show any health risk. (1)

Dr Kim is a senior lecturer in environmental chemistry at Massey University.

Two years ago, a request under the Official Information Act showed no recorded illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths resulting from methamphetamine contamination or fires from P labs. (See http://breakingviewsnz.blogspot.co.nz/2014/05/mike-butler-p-lab-risk-vastly.html)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Richard Epstein: Illinois On The Fiscal Brink



Illinois—a state that has long embraced progressive fiscal policies—has moved one step closer to the financial abyss. 

Last week, Moody’s Investors Service issued the jarring announcement that it was downgrading Illinois’s general obligations bonds to Baa2 from Baa1, which is just two levels above junk bond status. The next day, Standard & Poor’s followed suit by lowering its rating to BBB+, or three levels above junk bond status. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

GWPF Newsletter: Science On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown








Rodney Leach, Baron Leach of Fairford (1934 – 2016)

In this newsletter:

1) Science On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown
Financial Post, 14 June 2016
 
2) NOAA: 75% Chance Of La Nina By September, Cooler Temps Coming
Environment Examiner, 13 June 2016

Brian Gaynor: Rural co-ops lack market savvy at board table


Fonterra and others won’t become great by focusing on farmers.

A number of recent developments highlight concerns about the corporate governance of rural-based companies. These concerns have led to the requisitioning of special shareholder meetings at Silver Fern Farms (SFF) and Fonterra Co-operative while Murray Goulburn Co-operative shareholders in Australia are also threatening to call an extraordinary meeting.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

GWPF Newsletter: How A ‘Liberal’ Bias Is Killing Science








Marine Scientist Censured By James Cook University For Questioning Misleading Claims

In this newsletter:

1) How A ‘Liberal’ Bias Is Killing Science
The Week, 10 June 2016
 
2) Marine Scientist Censured By James Cook University For Questioning Misleading Claims
The Australian, 11 June 2016