Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Mole News

National to consider running candidates in Māori seats
The debate is heating up surrounding the possibility of National running candidates in the Māori seats. After a clean sweep by Labour in last year’s election, it could be one possible way to regain Māori votes.

The National party are looking for more supporters, and the Maori seats could be the answer.

Monday, March 19, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: The Worsening Cosmic Ray Situation

Implications For Climate Change

In this newsletter:

1) The Worsening Cosmic Ray Situation
Tony Phillips, SpaceWeather.com, 5 March 2018
2) Henrik & Jacob Svensmark: The Connection Between Cosmic Rays, Clouds And Climate
Global Warming Policy Foundation, 13 March 2018

Sunday, March 18, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: Russia Hints At Squeeze On Europe’s Gas Supplies

US Shale Cargo Turns Towards UK As Spat With Russia

In this newsletter:

1) Russian Sabre-Rattling: Putin Hints At Squeeze On Europe’s Gas Supplies
The Australian, 16 March 2018
2) ‘Britain At The Mercy Of Russian Gas Giants’ As Reserves In Europe Reach Record Lows
Daily Mail, 15 March 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: Russia Gains Gas Foothold In Britain As Relations Deteriorate

Trump Ousts Tillerson: What’s Next For The Paris Climate Treaty?

In this newsletter:

1) Russia Gains Gas Foothold In Britain As Relations Deteriorate
Financial Times, 14 March 2018  
2) Trump Ousts Tillerson: What’s Next For The Paris Climate Treaty?
Marlo Lewis Jr, Competitive Enterprise Institute, 13 March 2018 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: The New Lukewarmers

Scientific American Turns Down The Heat Over Global Warming

In this newsletter:

1) The New Lukewarmers: Scientific American Turns Down The Heat Over Global Warming
John Horgan, Scientific American, 8 March 2018
2) New Study: Cooling Clouds Caused Global Warming Hiatus
Jun Yin and Amilcare Porporato, Princeton University 

Michael Coote: On the Money - Phony War Looms in Parliament

The National Party has gone through revolution since the abrupt resignation of its former leader, ex-prime minister Bill English.  This greyest of grey men was not likely to have relished time as the humiliatingly outflanked opposition leader facing acting prime minister Winston Peters for six weeks whilst prime minister Jacinda Adern took maternity leave from her job.

Political commentator Barry Soper recalls that Mr English seconded the motion to expel Mr Peters from National in the early 1990s.  The reversal of fortunes looming must have been relished by Mr Peters and dreaded by Mr English.  Far better for the latter to drop out of Parliament, grab hold of one of former National prime minister John Key's reinstated mates rates knighthoods, and, transmogrified as Sir William, sally forth boldly in search of fat corporate sinecures to cash out any residual value of his extinct political career.  That path was already well worn by Sir John in service of his own personal chivalric cause.

Bill Wirtz: Banning Plastic Bags Isn't Just Bad Economics - It's Bad for the Environment

In January, the British government announced its intention to extend their plastic bag tax to all shops.  As of now, only establishments which have more than 250 employees need to impose the charge on single-use plastic bags. In the United States, certain states or cities even go beyond a tax and put an outright ban on them. But the UK government's own research suggests that this is actually bad for the environment.

In 2011, the UK's Environment Agency published an earlier-drafted life cycle assessment of supermarket carrier bags. The aim: establishing both the environmental impact of different carrier bags which are in use and their reuse practice. The intention was to inform public policymakers about the impact that a crackdown on plastic bags could possibly have.  Needless to say, politicians had little concern for the actual assessment the report presented.

Matt Ridley: Britain's housing crisis is caused by the wrong kind of regulation

Sajid Javid, the Housing (etc) secretary, is right – and brave -- to go on the warpath about Britain’s housing crisis in his new national planning framework, to be launched today. Britain’s housing costs are absurdly high by international standards: eight times average earnings in England, 15 in London. A mortgage deposit that took a few years to earn in the early 1990s can now take somebody decades to earn. Average rents in the UK are almost 50% higher than average rents in Germany, France and crowded Holland.

Britain really is an outlier in this respect. Knightsbridge has overtaken Monaco in rental levels. Wealthy, crowded Switzerland has falling house prices and lower rents than Britain. Over recent decades, most things people buy have become more affordable – food, clothing, communication – and the cost of building a house has come down too. Yet the price you pay for it in Britain, either as a buyer or a tenant, has gone up and up.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Karl du Fresne: The snarling and hissing of the illiberal Left

It’s hard to imagine now, but censorship was a cause celebre in the 1960s and 70s.
The banning or restriction of movies, books and even records was never far from the headlines. Post-war liberalism was colliding head-on with traditional morality and the official censors were struggling to draw new boundaries between what was acceptable and what wasn’t.
The film censor featured in the New Zealand media so often in those days that he (it was always a “he”) became virtually a household name. Between 1957 and 1973, cuts were made to 37 per cent of films because of sex, violence or bad language.

NZCPR Weekly: Will President Trump Bring Down Power Prices in New Zealand?

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we examine New Zealand’s electricity sector and look into the potential repercussions of President Trump’s tariffs on aluminium production, our NZCPR Guest Commentator, Bryan Leyland outlines concerns over the future of our electricity system, and our poll asks whether you believe it’s realistic for the Government to aim for 100 percent dependence on renewable energy generation in New Zealand.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Frank Newman: The science fiction of pre-fab' homes

GWPF Newsletter: Saudi Arabia Set To Join Shale Revolution

UK Eyes ‘Fracking Friendly’ Policy Changes

In this newsletter:

1) Saudi Arabia Set To Join Shale Revolution
Bloomberg, 7 March 2018 

2) UK Eyes ‘Fracking Friendly’ Policy Changes
Upstream Online, 7 March 2018

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Alexandra Burnett: Teacher Education Must Rise Above Political Correctness

Increasingly, Canadian universities seem to be more concerned about political correctness than educating students. prominent illustration of this is University of Toronto psychologist Jordan Peterson’s public battle with university administrators, professors and some students over his refusal to use gender-neutral pronouns when referring to students with varying sexual orientations.

A less well known but arguably much more serious example is the increasing tendency for Canadian faculties of education to use admissions criteria that are unrelated to the characteristics and skills needed by effective classroom teachers. At the University of Windsor, for example, special consideration is being given to candidates who reflect “the ethno-cultural and social diversity of Ontario’s schools”. And, last September, the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba went even further by aiming to admit 45 per cent of incoming teacher candidates on the basis of their self-identification as members of marginalised groups, such as indigenous, disabled, LGBTQ, minority ethnic or socially disadvantaged.

Melanie Phillips: The American right to bear arms

Having been travelling in America over the past couple of weeks, I observed at close quarters the fierce debate that erupted there over firearms in the wake of the massacre at the school in Parkland, Florida where 17 children and adults were killed and 14 others injured when they were gunned down by a mentally ill former student.

There have been too many such massacres of the innocent in American schools and other public places. This is the first time I can recall such an anguished debate: the first time the feeling that America can’t go on like this has transcended the usual suspects in the Democratic Party and on the broader political left.

Karl du Fresne: Playing the blame game over "Polish" death camps

Truth can be elusive. Consider the recent furore over the Polish government’s introduction of a law that, according to some critics, will greatly restrict public discussion of Poland’s involvement in the Holocaust during World War Two. The new law prohibits mention of “Polish death camps” – on the face of it, an interference in the right of free speech. Yet it’s hard not to feel sympathy for Poland’s lawmakers.
Auschwitz (or Oswiecim, as it’s properly known in Polish) and other notorious extermination camps – Treblinka, Sobibor, Majdanek – may have been sited on Polish soil, but they were not put there by Poles. They were built and administered by Nazi Germany, which preferred to conduct its programme of genocide outside its own borders. Perhaps that was the Nazis’ way of pretending their hands were clean.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: Global Temperatures Keep Falling

Is Germany’s Energiewende Coming To An End?

In this newsletter:

1) Global Temperatures Keep Falling
Paul Homewood, Not A Lot Of People Know That, 3 March 2018
2) Stunned Scientists Discover ‘Supercolony’ Of 1.5 Million Adelie Penguins In Antarctica
Sky News, 2 March 2018

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

NZCPR Weekly: Political Correctness Threatens Free Speech

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we examine the impact of political correctness on the freedom of speech, our NZCPR Guest Commentator, Lindsay Perigo explains why he thinks free speech in New Zealand is dead, and our poll asks whether you believe political correctness is undermining free speech in New Zealand.

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Billy T James epitomised free speech in New Zealand - as we knew it!

GWPF Newsletter: Russia’s Secret Campaign Against U.S. Energy Policy Revealed

U.S. House Committee Reveals Russian Attempts to Influence U.S. Domestic Energy Markets by Exploiting Social Media

In this newsletter:

1) Russia’s Secret Campaign Against U.S. Energy Policy Revealed
The Wall Street Journal, 1 March 2018
2) Russian Attempts to Influence U.S. Domestic Energy Markets by Exploiting Social Media
United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Majority Staff Report, 1 March 2018

Saturday, March 3, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: Freezing Britain Is Running Out Of Gas, National Grid Warns

Factories Prepare To Cut Energy Use

In this newsletter:

1) Britain Is Running Out Of Gas, National Grid Warns
Daily Mail, 1 March 2018 
2) UK Gas Crisis: Factories Prepare To Cut Energy Use Amid Big Freeze
The Daily Telegraph, 1 March 2018

Friday, March 2, 2018

Matt Ridley: The Russian role in the nuclear winter theory

So, Russia does appear to interfere in western politics. The FBI has charged 13 Russians with trying to influence the last American presidential election, including the whimsical detail that one of them was to build a cage to hold an actor in prison clothes pretending to be Hillary Clinton.

Meanwhile, it emerges that the Czech secret service, under KGB direction, near the end of the Cold War had a codename (“COB”) for a Labour MP they had met and hoped to influence — presumably under the bizarre delusion that he might one day be in reach of power.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Barend Vlaardingerbroek: Might a Kurdish nation emerge from the ashes of the Caliphate?

The Islamic State is kaput. Unfortunately, not all its murderous members are.

It irked me to see hundreds of ISIS combatants being driven out of Raqqa by a convoy of trucks under a deal whereby they would be allowed to leave quietly rather than fighting it out and being killed, as they should have been. Many of those escapees will have headed for Afghanistan, Libya or Yemen to where ISIS has metastasised. Making headway in those places is proving to be quite a challenge for them as everyone, even al-Qaeda, has it in for them. But the assertion that ISIS cannot survive without territory under its control, first made in The Atlantic in 2014,  are founded on wishful thinking – if anything, ISIS is gaining strength in Afghanistan, and doing so fast despite being at loggerheads with the Taliban and just about every other band of jihadist thugs as well as government forces.

Richard Epstein: The Trump Growth Machine

I discovered my genuine confidence in the sustainability of the current economic growth cycle when I recommended to my 27-year-old Uber driver that he invest some portion of his wages in a diversified index fund. Although the stock market will surely ease off its current pace, it nevertheless should prove far more profitable than standard money market funds with their puny returns. The good news is that the current trend likely will not fizzle out anytime soon thanks to several key factors, including lower taxes and deregulation.

Igniting economic growth, as the Trump administration’s policies are doing, is not as straightforward as it sounds because it is easy to make spectacular mistakes in judgment if caught in the grip of Keynesian economic theory. 

Frank Newman: Another foolish ACT

Oh dear. Another foolish Act.

One would have thought ACT leader David Seymour would have learnt from Rodney Hide's unfortunate experiment to gain love and affection from voters. David should be smart enough to know the best he could hope for from voters is respect, not love and affection. To be brutal about it, most people like politicians as much as they like those door-to-door sales people who drive around in their vans selling over-priced stuff to people financed at exorbitant rates of interest.

Rodney made a plonker of himself by going on Dancing with the Stars.

Clint Bolick: The Case For Legal Textualism

Having spent the past two years as a justice on the Arizona Supreme Court after 33 as a litigator, I’ve gained unexpected insights into judicial decision-making. Most cases involve judges rolling up their sleeves and combining their talent and expertise to reach the right outcome. But cases involving constitutional or statutory issues demand something more: a philosophy of legal interpretation. And what that philosophy is matters a great deal.

All judges have a philosophy of legal interpretation, even if they don’t think much about it. For many, particularly at the trial court level, it is often a matter of simply trying to get it right; that is, reading the law and higher court precedents and trying to make sense of them. Others place a high priority on their notions of fairness, justice, or efficiency. Even going along to get along is a type of judicial philosophy, though not exactly what most of us might expect from our judges.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

NZCPR Weekly: Child overy - real or imaginary?

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we question the claims by the Prime Minister that her new Child Poverty Reduction Bill will reduce child poverty, our NZCPR Guest Commentator, Dr Greg Clydesdale, outlines why the Government’s approach to reducing child poverty will fail, and our poll asks, whether you believe Labour’s income redistribution approach to lowering poverty will have lasting results.

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GWPF Newsletter: The Next Shale Revolution

Mammoth Cubes Herald Supersized Future of Fracking

In this newsletter:

1) Cheap Energy Forever: Mammoth Cubes Herald Supersized Future For Shale
Bloomberg, 23 February 2018
2) Global Renewable Energy Sector Faces Enron-Style Collapses, Iberdrola Chief Warns
Financial Times, 23 February 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: Offshore Wind Fiasco

Renewable Industry Faces $Billions Compensation Bill For Early Repairs

In this newsletter:

1) Offshore Wind Fiasco: Renewable Industry Faces $Billions Compensation Bill For Early Repairs
Jillands-Posten, 23 February 2018
2) Forget Paris: Global Fossil Fuel Consumption To Rise By 20% By 2040, BP Energy Outlook
Paul Homewood, Not A Lot Of People Know That, 22 February 2018

Sunday, February 25, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: Polar Bear Battle In Toronto

It’s Good Science vs. Climate Do-Gooders

In this newsletter:

1) False Alarm: Russia’s Polar Bears Adjusting To Climate Change, Officials Confirm
The Arctic, 20 February 2018
2) Terence Corcoran: Polar Bear Battle In Toronto! It’s Good Science Vs. Climate Do-Gooders
Financial Post, 22 February 2018 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Karl du Fresne: Pssst - don't mention asylums

We should always cherish the lone voice – the individual bold enough to go against the flow and to speak out against conventional wisdom when conventional wisdom has got it wrong.

Andy Espersen of Nelson is such a voice. I’ve never met him, but I’ve been reading his letters to the papers for years.

Like most lone voices, Espersen is a single-issue crusader. In his case, the issue is mental health. His consistent and persuasive message is that New Zealand made a grievous mistake when it shut down its mental hospitals three decades ago.

Friday, February 23, 2018

David Skilling: Britain should think small

The first year of the Brexit process has not been a good one. The best that can be said is that we now know that it is too late to properly execute a ‘hard Brexit’ and at the same time the process is too far advanced for ‘second thoughts’. A soft Brexit, made in Brussels rather than London, is the most likely outcome. At what is effectively ‘half-time’, there are many lessons to be drawn for Britain. Viewed from outside the UK, a couple stand out.
The first is that the world beyond Britain is changing. As Britain retreats from Europe, the EU has begun to emerge as a more coherent strategic bloc – to the extent that Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees Mogg can complain about becoming a ‘vassal state’. From free trade agreements with Japan and Canada, to leadership on global climate change negotiations, to its increasingly deliberate stance with respect to China, the EU is realising its potential as a big power. This, of course, is partly motivated by the withdrawal – at least for the moment – of the US from its global leadership role.

Michael C. Zwaagstra: More Canadian History Needed In Schools

Last fall, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario demanded that John A. Macdonald’s name be stricken from all public schools in the province. More recently, Halifax’s city council voted to remove the Edward Cornwallis statue that had stood downtown since 1931. Both decisions were vigorously debated at the time and public opinion remains sharply divided.

These are two separate events about two different individuals. Nevertheless, the underlying theme is the same. Both Macdonald and Cornwallis stand accused of crimes against Indigenous people.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

GWPF Newsletter: Jeremy Corbyn Promises To Nationalise Britain’s Energy Companies To Prevent ‘Climate Catastrophe’

Russian Spies’ Role In The Great Green Hoax

In this newsletter:

1) Jeremy Corbyn Promises To Nationalise Britain’s Energy Companies To Prevent ‘Climate Catastrophe’
Business Insider, 10 February 2018 
2) Matt Ridley: Russian Spies’ Role In The Great Green Hoax
The Times, 19 February 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

NZCPR Weekly: Last Chance to Oppose Coastal Claims

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we examine serious flaws in the Marine and Coastal Area Act and remind everyone that next Monday Feb 26 is the closing date for lodging Notices of Appearance to oppose claims to the coast, our NZCPR Guest Commentator, Dr Hugh Barr, outlines some major concerns regarding the impact of claims on recreation users of the coast, and our poll asks, whether taxpayer funding to tribal groups claiming the coast should be withdrawn.

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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