Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Mole News

Ngati Whatua Orakei appeal $1.85 billion East-West Link Highway
A New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) project that would link the South-Western (SH20) and Southern Motorways (SH1) has been granted consent. NZTA says it will improve travel times and make for easy more reliable travel, but Auckland iwi Ngati Whatua Orakei are appealing the decision.

Monday, February 19, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: Exxon Sues The Suers In Fierce Climate-Change Case

More Than 100 ‘Climate Change Cases’ Filed In US Courts In 2017

In this newsletter:

1) Exxon Sues The Suers In Fierce Climate-Change Case
Bloomberg, 13 February 2018
2) More Than 100 ‘Climate Change Cases’ Filed In US Courts In 2017
Daily Caller, 15 February 2018

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Melanie Phillips: Is Jacob Rees-Mogg being Trumped?

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Open Letter to CYFS: How you let our whanau down a million times over

Dear CYFS,

A letter on how you have let my whanau down, a million times over. Names have been changed to protect the children's identity.

For me, it all started in 2003. But really, if you think about it, it started before that. When the mum, who was 18 had a baby and never stopped taking drugs. Not for the pregnancy and not after he was born. Let’s call him Leonard. Leonard was a lovely boy, such a cute kid with big brown eyes and curly hair. Like any normal boy he loved zooming his cars around the room and riding his “big boy” bike.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Matt Ridley: Censorious millennials are the new Victorians

I am sure I am not alone in finding the cultural revolution that we are going through difficult to understand. Like a free-living Regency rationalist who has survived to see Victorian prudery, like a moderate critic of Charles I trying to make sense of the Cromwellian dogma, like a once revolutionary Chinese democrat hoping not to be denounced and sent for re-education under Chairman Mao (or John McDonnell), I am an easygoing Seventies libertarian baffled by the aggressive puritanism and intolerance that seems to be everywhere on the march.

I turned 60 last week and expected by now to find myself in periodic, grumpy disapproval of the younger generation’s scorn for tradition, love of change and tolerance of “anything goes”. Instead I find something approaching the opposite. Many people of my generation have mentioned the same experience recently: the terrifying censoriousness of the young, even sometimes their own children, and the eggshell-treading dread of saying the wrong thing in front of them. The young are a bit like our parents were, in fact.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Karl du Fresne: I reckon eventually, something will blow

Barry Soper made a surprising statement on Newstalk ZB yesterday. I didn’t take down his exact words, but essentially he said nothing was going to happen in the next three years (he meant politically) except that Jacinda Ardern was going to have a baby.

Perhaps it was intended as a tongue-in-cheek comment on the media’s fascination with the prime ministerial pregnancy. But if not, it was an astonishingly bold pronouncement from someone who has covered politics as long as Soper has, and who must surely know the risks of making predictions.

GWPF Newsletter: OPEC's Shale Nightmare Is Coming True

US On Track To Become World’s Largest Oil Producer

In this newsletter:

1) OPEC's Shale Nightmare Is Coming True
Bloomberg, 11 February 2018 
2) 'Colossal' American Oil Boom Could Spoil OPEC's Plans
CNN Money, 13 February 2018 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Logan Albright: New Book's "Case Against Education" Is a Persuasive One

It’s common to hear politicians wish aloud that everyone should have access to a quality college education. As rhetoric, it sounds lovely, but as in many a fairy tale, there’s good reason to be careful what we wish for.

Bryan Caplan’s new book, unflinchingly titled The Case Against Education, is an important contribution to the growing body of literature challenging one of society’s most cherished sacred cows. Unlike most writers on the subject, Caplan doesn’t just target the Department of Education, the public school system, or liberal arts universities. He goes after all of it — the education system as a whole. And it’s about time someone did.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

NZCPR Weekly: A New Era of Politics

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we look into some of the forces that are driving the new Government’s agenda, our NZCPR Guest Commentator, Michael Coote, examines whether the 2017 election marks the beginning of an era of effective first-past-the-post elections, and our poll asks, if Bill English was to step aside, which of the six MPs named as contenders for the National Party leadership do you believe would be the best choice: Judith Collins, Simon Bridges, Amy Adams, Jonathan Coleman, Nikki Kaye, or Mark Mitchell.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

GWPF Newsletter - False Alarm: 'Sinking' Pacific Nation Is Getting Bigger, Scientists Confirm

Peter Ridd: Science or Silence?

In this newsletter:

1) 'Sinking' Pacific Nation Is Getting Bigger, Scientists Confirm
AFP, 9 February 2018

2) Peter Ridd: Science or Silence? My Battle To Question Doomsayers About The Great Barrier Reef
Fox News, 8 February 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018

GWPF Newsletter - Historic Energy Milestone: U.S. Oil Output Surges To Record Highs

Russia And Saudi Arabia Forge Energy Pact To Counter U.S. Shale Boom

In this newsletter:

1) Historic Energy Milestone: U.S. Oil Output Surges To Record Highs
Mark J. Perry, AEIdeas, 7 February 2018
2) U.S. Oil Exports Pour Into Markets Worldwide
Reuters, 8 February 2018

Friday, February 9, 2018

Frank Newman: Tenancy changes ahead

By the end of the year, the new coalition government is likely to have introduced a number of changes to the Residential Tenancies Act intended to "fix" the rental market.

The Minister of Housing said he wanted to introduce laws that, "bring the best out in people, and encourage their better side. And that's why modernising the tenancy laws will be about a set of rules that work for landlords and tenants - and encourage for instance longer term tenancies, which are good for families and good for landlords."

What a load of idealistic nonsense. The Minister's proposed changes will do nothing to "fix" the rental market. The most likely outcome is that it will make it worse for tenants. 

Matt Ridley: New diagnostic devices will save lives and money

As happens in the media, the excitement generated last week by the headline that cancer could be detected in the blood was overdone. The results announced in Science magazine are a long way short of meaning that the earliest signs of cancer can be detected in people with no symptoms: the 70% success rate in finding DNA from 16 cancerous genes was in people already diagnosed with serious cancers. False hopes may have been raised. 

But behind the headline, there is little doubt that a revolution in diagnostics is happening.  Till now, the slow process of culturing infectious agents to identify them has not changed much since the days of Louis Pasteur. It is becoming increasingly possible to identify the precise virus, bacterium, drug-resistant strain, antibody or telltale molecule that defines exactly what is wrong with somebody, quickly and without invasive procedures or lengthy cultures in distant labs. Yet Britain is lagging behind comparable countries in joining that revolution.

GWPF Newsletter - Scientists Surprised: Ozone Layer Not Healing

Cooling Sun May Partially Offset Global Warming, U.S. Scientists Predict

In this newsletter:

1) Scientists Surprised: Ozone Layer Not Healing, Continues To Deplete Despite Montreal Protocol
Press Trust of India, 6 February 2018 
2) Cooling Sun May Partially Offset Global Warming, U.S. Scientists Predict
Times of San Diego, 5 February 2018

Chris Trotter: Labour and Maori - The ‘Auld Alliance’ Re-Forged.

The five days allotted to Waitangi 2018 by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern can only be accounted as time well spent. Maori votes were critical to Labour being able to construct a governing coalition with NZ First and the Greens. 

Ms Ardern is well aware that maintaining – and if possible building on – the tangata whenua support that gave Labour a clean sweep of all seven Maori seats in 2017 will be crucial to securing her government’s re-election in 2020.

It is to be hoped that Ms Ardern understands the extent to which she and the Labour Party are indebted to the strategic insight of Andrew Little and his Chief-of-Staff, Matt McCarten, for the 2017 result.

Prof Jonathan Newman: A Stock Market Tumble Is the Correction We Need

Since hitting rock bottom in 2009, stock prices have consistently increased without much volatility — that is, until these first few days of February when the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 2,200 points (-8.5%) and the S&P 500 tumbled 7.9% from their late-January highs. The most popular measure of stock market volatility, VIX, also spiked dramatically to levels not seen since 2011 and 2009.

Financial analysts and writers have pointed to a few events that may be behind the big movements in the stock market:

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: Global Temps Drop Back To Pre-El Nino Levels

Christians Proving Resilient To Climate Change Alarmism

In this newsletter:

1) Global Temperatures Drop Back To Pre-El Nino Levels
Michael Bastasch, The Daily Caller, 2 February 2018 
2) Heaviest Snowfall On Record Blankets Moscow
BBC News, 4 February 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: Professor Peter Ridd Fights University Gag Order

Australian Marine Scientist Standing Up For Scientific Freedom & Integrity

In this newsletter:

1) Reef Row Scientist Peter Ridd Snubs University Gag Order
Graham Lloyd, The Australian, 1 February 2018 
2) Professor Peter Ridd Standing Up For Scientific Integrity Against James Cook University
Institute of Public Affairs, 1 February 2018 

NZCPR Weekly: Agendas and Demands

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we reveal the political agenda behind the campaign to make the Maori language compulsory in schools, our NZCPR Guest Commentator is Professor Paul Moon with extracts from his new book Killing Te Reo Maori, and our poll asks whether you believe te reo should become a compulsory subject in New Zealand schools.

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Barend Vlaardingerbroek: Donald Trump's new geopolitical designation

WARNING! Presidential neologism reiterated throughout!

It’s not often that the newsreaders on the BBC World Service get tongue-tied. Such did appear to be the case 3 weeks ago when the reader seemed to stall while reporting that a certain Donald J. Trump had, in the course of a meeting during which immigration was discussed, used an ‘expletive’ that had offended the African Union (and a few others), leaving us all wondering what that could have been.

An expletive is, according to my acquaintance with idiomatic English usage, a brief (usually one word) verbal outburst indicating strong, albeit often short-lived, emotion. What you mumble when you spill coffee over your nice clean trou early on in the day at work is almost certainly an expletive. Most expletives are fairly innocuous although some may be deemed offensive by more straight-laced people. But I racked my brain for expletives that would be so politically explosive and was unable to find one.

Friday, February 2, 2018

GWPF Newsletter - State Of The Union: Trump And U.S. Democrats Ignore Global Warming Completely

U.S. President Makes American Energy Dominance Key Priority

In this newsletter:

1) SOTU: Trump Does Not Mention Global Warming Once
Global Warming Policy Forum, 31 January 2018 
2) Democrats Ignore Climate Change In State Of The Union Rebuttal
Huffington Post, 31 January 2018

Frank Newman: Junk news cut and paste

A headline from a press release by Oxfam NZ, read: "Richest 1% of Kiwis bagged 28% of all wealth created last year". The press release issued as part of a global campaign to coincide with the annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. (Press release HERE)

The NZ Herald "reported" the release by extracting large chunks of text, without interviewing anyone that may hold a contrary opinion. (See NZ Herald HERE)

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Bruce Moon: Ngai Tahu’s crooked path from rags to riches

Weakened by their own “Eat Relation” feud, continually outwitted and savagely defeated by the wily Te Rauparaha, most Ngai Tahu by 1840 were a desperate lot.  A mere two thousand or so were eking out a living in a few squalid villages.  

Even in the extreme south which escaped such ravages “They were altogether a dejected people.[i] ... [F]or every child born, from three to four persons died.  No wonder that they had lost heart and felt as if there were no spirit of life left in them”.[ii]  And cannibalism persisted, even that late.[iii]

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Gerry Eckhoff: Opportunity cost of Water

A report by Global Water Resources Group projects that by 2030, annual global fresh water needs will reach 6.9 trillion cubic metres – 64% more than currently existing reliable supply. The implications for further global and domestic conflict are obvious as interest groups vie for influence and control. 

In NZ, evidence suggests that variation of rainfall from year to year and not scarcity of water is the real problem. Despite this obvious reality being easily overcome by water storage - nothing is now to be done - by Government decree.  The Labour led collective (Government) decided to do away with the ineptly named “irrigation fund” in favour of other expenditure. There will be a massive future cost associated with that decision. Economists call it the opportunity cost – in this case - of fresh water. 

NZCPR Weekly: Deepening the Dependency Trap

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we examine how the policy agenda of the new Labour-led Government - that puts the demands of the unions ahead of the needs of young people and the unemployed - will deepen the dependency trap, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Kerry Jackson explains how poorly designed public policies have made California the poverty capital of the United States, and our poll asks whether you are optimistic or pessimistic about the future of our economy under the policies proposed by Labour.

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: A Climate Sceptic Just Took Charge Of EU Environment Policy

New EU Emissions Targets Will Cost Germany A Trillion Euros

In this newsletter:

1) A Climate Sceptic Just Took Charge Of EU Environment Policy
Dave Keating, Forbes, 26 January 2018

2) Germany Falling Short of EU Emissions Targets (along with Austria, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg and Malta.)
The Wall Street Journal, 24 January 2018

Phil Barry: The a2 Milk Company Story – An Overview

The market value of Fonterra’s equity is $10.6 billion. Its NPAT in FY17 was $745 million. That gives it a P/E multiple of 14. 

The market value of The a2 Milk Company’s (ATM) equity is $6.1 billion – almost 60% of Fonterra’s. Its NPAT in FY17 was $91 million. That gives it a P/E multiple of 66. See Figure 1 below. 

So what? Clearly investors like ATM’s story. It is a dairy industry participant but it is not at all typical.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Bruce Moon: Twisting Taonga

It is a pretty obvious fact that the meanings of words may change over time – even if we discount the argot of the young – you know - “a cool chick”, “a joint”.  New ideas, new technology, need words to describe them. So picture the Maoris of New Zealand, eastern Polynesians isolated for millennia in a Stone Age culture, when they observed the diversity of material wealth of the Europeans who came to our shores.  They needed words for it.  And so: Taonga:

In 1820: “property procured by the spear” - Hongi Hika in Lee and Kendall’s Maori dictionary – from “tao” - a spear.

In 1831: “possessions/property” - “nothing but timber, flax, pork and potatoes”[i] - 13 Ngapuhi chiefs writing to King William.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

GWPF Newsletter - James Hansen: Natural Factors May Cause New Global Warming Hiatus

Global Oceans Cool Off: Now Colder Than Three Years Ago

In this newsletter:

1) BBC Gets It Wrong Again On Global Warming
Global Warming Policy Foundation, 24 January 2018
2) James Hansen: Ocean Cycles & Solar Activity May Cause New Global Warming Hiatus
GWPF Podcast, 24 January 2018 

Daniel Mitchell: Can a Flat Tax Rescue Italy’s Economy?

To put it mildly, Italy’s economy is moribund. There’s been almost no growth for the entire 21st century.

Bad government policy deserves much of the blame.

According to Economic Freedom of the World, Italy is ranked only 54th, the worst score in Western Europe other than Greece. The score for fiscal policy is abysmal, and regulatory policy and rule of law are also problem areas.

Victor Davis Hanson: Can Countries Make Themselves Great Again?

Is Donald Trump’s slogan “Make America great again” mere campaign rhetoric in the tradition of Barack Obama’s “hope and change,” George H. W. Bush’s “a kinder, gentler nation,” and Ronald Reagan’s “It’s morning in America again”? Or do such renaissances really occur in history?

The Roman Republic and Empire together lasted for more than 1,000 years. Yet at various times throughout this period, Rome was declared finished—like during the Punic Wars (264-146 BC), the Civil Wars of the late Republic (49-31 BC), and the coups and cruelty of the 12 Caesars (49 BC-AD 96), especially during the reigns of Caligula, Nero, and Domitian.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

NZCPR Weekly: Tribal Control of the Coast

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we examine the concern that access to our beaches could be blocked if tribal groups gain control of the coast, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Frank Newman warns about the increasing use of rahui and the threat it poses to public access to the coast, and our poll asks whether you believe the coastal claims process as it stands is a barrier to those who wish to object to the claims that have been lodged.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

GWPF Newsletter - Pentagon: Global Warming No Longer A National Security Threat

The Climate-Change Doomsday Just Got Cancelled

In this newsletter:

1) Pentagon: Global Warming No Longer A National Security Threat
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 19 January 2018
2) Reminder: Bonkers Pentagon Tells Bush: Climate Change Will Destroy Us
The Observer, 22 February 2004

Bruce Moon: Some Tips about Te Reo

Words, words, words” - Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 2, Scene 2          
While the meaningful glance certainly has its place, for the much greater part of our communication, we use words, spoken and, until modern times much less often, written – in a word: “language”.

A communicating group from a tribe to an empire will develop a language understood by all, which will change slowly over the years as the needs for expression and habits of speech change within the group.  As one group becomes dominant over others, so will its language.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Frank Newman: Killer Trees

On January 6, a storm brought down a 150 year old English Oak tree in central Rotorua. It crashed onto a nearby office building and on a parked car, killing the sole occupant.

Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick said the death was a tragic accident. She said, "This is an absolute tragedy and our hearts and thoughts are with the family at this terrible time".

Indeed it is a tragedy. The issue is whether it could or should have been avoided and whether the actions or inactions of the Mayor, the council's Chief Executive, or its arborist contributed to the tragedy and should be held criminally liable.

Matt Ridley: Minimising the need for trusted third parties

The price of a Bitcoin has risen tenfold in ten months. Yet whether and when the bubble will burst is beside the point, which is that Bitcoin works. What I mean by this is that Bitcoin has proved that the blockchains technology behind cryptocurrencies is capable of doing what it was claimed it could: create an asset of limited supply and high security, like digital gold.

“Running non-stop for eight years, with almost no financial loss on the chain itself, [Bitcoin] is now in important ways the most reliable and secure financial network in the world,” writes the legal scholar and computer scientist Nick Szabo. This is likely to be a more enduring legacy than any burst bubbles or scandals over the use of cryptocurrencies by drug dealers. Blockchains may change more than money.

Karl du Fresne: If RNZ caters to all New Zealanders, why have so many given up on it?

A recent Dominion Post column of mine headlined “Dinosaur versus Dominatrix” (reproduced on this site), about an on-air clash between Kim Hill and Don Brash, brought a couple of old-school broadcasting grandees out of the woodwork.

Ian Johnstone, a familiar face on TV screens from the 1960s till the 1990s, and Geoffrey Whitehead, a former BBC deputy political editor who became CEO of Radio New Zealand and now lives in retirement in Napier, both had a whack at me for criticising Hill’s hostile demolition job on Brash.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

GWPF Newsletter - Global Temperature In 2017: Not A Resurgence Of Global Warming

Hockey Stick Goes To Court

In this newsletter:

1) Global Temperature In 2017: Not A Resurgence Of Global Warming
The GWPF Observatory, 17 January 2018 
2) Hockey Stick Goes To Court: Global Warming Lawsuit Is Riddled With Factual Errors
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 16 January 2018 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

NZCPR Weekly: Golliwogs and Local Government

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we examine the diverse impact of political correctness – from golliwogs to local government, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Dr Don Brash looks at whether free speech is under threat in New Zealand, and our poll asks whether the right to challenge council decisions to establish Maori wards through a referendum process should be retained or removed.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

GWPF Newsletter - New Study: Global Ocean Temperatures Have Risen Only 0.1º Celsius In The Last 50 Years

Fossil Fuels’ Share Of Total Energy Use Unchanged In 40 Years

In this newsletter:

1) New Study: Global Ocean Temperatures Have Risen Only 0.1º Celsius In The Last 50 Years
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 5 January 2018
2) The World’s Dependence On Fossil Fuels Hasn’t Changed In 40 Years
P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, 12 January 2018 

Monday, January 15, 2018

GWPF Newsletter - Peiser & Ridley: Bad Weather Is No Reason for Climate Alarm

Events such as hurricanes and wildfires are too often blamed on our slowly warming, slightly wetter planet

The Wall Street Journal, 13 January 2018 
By Benny Peiser and Matt Ridley

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.

Friday, January 12, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: German Parties Agree To Scrap Legally Binding 2020 Climate Target

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

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Viv Forbes: Be Careful What you Wish For

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 atmosphere.

Climate change is natural and unstoppable.

GWPF Newsletter: Emergency Costs For German Energiewende Explode

Many Europeans ‘Too Poor’ To Heat Their Homes

In this newsletter:

1) Emergency Costs For German Energiewende Explode
Alex Reichmuth, Basler Zeitung, 6 January 2018
2) Brave Green World: Many Europeans ‘Too Poor’ To Heat Their Homes
Euronews, 4 January 2018

Monday, January 8, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: NOAA Climate Scientists Predicted Third Warm Winter In A Row

Now, Al Gore Blames Record Cold On Global Warming

In this newsletter:

1) NOAA Predicts Its Third Warm Winter In A Row
Wired, 23 October 2017 

2) Al Gore: ‘Bitter Cold’ Is ‘Exactly What We Should Expect From The Climate Crisis’
Marc Morano, Climate Depot, 4 January 2018

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Nicholas Kerr: If not economic growth, then what?

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.

Matt Ridley: Artificial intelligence will be a symbiosis, not a replacement

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.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Karl du Fresne: If you want to see what real hate speech is like, check out the attacks on Don Brash

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.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: U.S. Shale Oil Production Booms As New Year Begins

Shale Revolution Helps Rewrite The Global Geopolitical Playbook

In this newsletter:

1) Terence Corcoran: The Population Bombers Keep On Bombing — And 50 Years On They Keep Getting It Wrong
Financial Post, 3 January 2018
2) Hail Shale: U.S. Oil Production Booms As New Year Begins
The Washington Post, 31 December 2017

Barend Vlaardingerbroek: The right of independent business operators to do business with whom they will

Bakeries are the new civil rights battlegrounds, and not just in the United States - New York Times 18-12-16

The passage of same-sex marriage (SSM) into law has opened up a Pandora’s Box of competing rights.

Brian Giesbrecht: Battling The Bottle — The Untold Story

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.