Jacinda – too self-willed for a democracy

Jacinda – too self-willed for a democracy

Arguably, Jacinda Ardern’s destructive and racist politics are unhealthy for New Zealand.

https://www.spectator.com.au/2020/05/covid-19-and-the-creeping-state/

When we have the over-authoritarian leader of any political party failing to realise that they are simply temporarily chairing a group of  loosely-united individuals — not there to rule the country — democracy flies out the window.

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The ridiculous attack on reason…

REFLECTION
The ridiculous attack on reason

by Amy Brooke

News Weekly, May 16, 2020

I remember once coming across a saying that the dead have as much power to influence us as the living, through what they have written. Yet today educationists ignore so much of what our greatest writers and thinkers had to say, with most ”educational” activity no more than a complicated way of inflicting on children little of lasting value.

Plato, however, reminded us: “If a man neglects his education he walks lame for the rest of his life.” Yet the once widely acknowledged fact that teaching each generation how to use their minds well is at least as important as sporting activities, has long been displaced by curriculum subjects incorporating radicalised propaganda. Today we can add our Ministry of Education’s insertion of global warming groupthink into our schools curriculum.

I recall years ago one of my sons remarking that his secondary school was hosting a government-sponsored representative to make sure all students embraced the “correct” thinking in relation to the politically hijacked Treaty of Waitangi. The latter’s simple, straightforward provisions have long been distorted by activists for political advantage.

What was particularly striking was the local newspaper’s picture of this young woman addressing some senior students, and frankly admitting she was there to correct any “wrong opinions” their parents might be passing on to their children.

My son could always hold his own in debate, and I reminded him how important it always is to examine thoroughly both sides of any issue, weigh it up as objectively as possible and then defend his own thinking. After all, I pointed out in my naivety, he would have been taught at school, too, that the most important thing is to follow one’s own conscience with regard to what one thinks is right.

Now, incredibly, this is the last thing children are taught. Rather, that for the sake of social harmony, one should endorse groupthink.

Recently, reflecting on the irrational thinking now given ritual obeisance – with so many conforming to a herd mentality embracing the delusional – I was reminded of Aristotle’s “man is an imitative animal”. The advertising industry knows this well. And it goes a long way to explaining the conviction many individuals now have that the fact they were born biologically male or female is irrelevant. They seem convinced that by feeling differently they really become different. By such logic, if I feel I am a child again, not an adult, then I am. Or an elephant, if the feeling takes me.

And we are now being asked to endorse, with the capitulation of the hierarchies, allowing males claiming to be females to participate in women’s sports, to use women’s private facilities, toilets, changing rooms — to be lodged in women’s prisons where incidents of rape unsurprisingly result. But why this acceptance of groupthink – of insisting that self-delusion is acceptable?

One well-respected English writer, using the pseudonym of Alpha of the Plough, maintained: “There is a large part of the public, possibly the majority … born to be fooled, which will believe anything because it hasn’t the faculty of judging anything but the size of the crowd, and will always follow the ass with the longest ears.”

DISCOURAGING THE ‘FOOL’

One of the books I most treasure is Unended Quest, by Austrian-born philosopher Karl Popper, who lectured for a time in New Zealand at the University of Canterbury, where my father sat in on his lectures. Popper gave this autographed copy to Dr Margaret Dalziel, in 1982.

Before she became Emeritus Professor, I had Margaret as a tutor at the University of Otago. She passed the book along to me. In it the author of The Open Society and its Enemies discusses an issue long puzzling me: the nature of intelligence.

In my time working as an independent consultant to a think tank in Wellington, particularly in relation to education and treaty issues, I became increasingly struck by the fact that many highly regarded individuals, having achieved outstanding marks in scholarship and other national examinations, were puzzlingly rigid in their thinking. I came to realise that very “clever” individuals, some holding positions in Treasury, others with leadership roles in political parties, were by no means deeply intelligent. They, too, took their cue from the intellectual fashions of the day.

Popper clarifies this, distinguishing between the dogmatic and the critical methods of thinking. He writes that the dogmatic way of thinking comes first, due to an inherent need for regularities, preceded by learning – first in the sense of discovery, then by imitation and by practising.

He postulates, however, that it is the critical thinking of a minority of individuals, examining and attacking presuppositions, that is particularly valuable. He argued that what characterises their creative thinking, apart from the intensity of interest in a problem, is a much more rare ability to break through the limits of the range of dogmatic thinking.

Given the sheer irrationality with which we are now faced at every level, and the aggressive attack by the now dominant left, perhaps it is time to reflect on George Bernard Shaw’s assertion that the future depends upon those whose laughter discourages the fool — a word that we understandably tend to avoid — rather than encourages him. Today we can certainly add her!

In fact, there is an important battle now under way. So is “risus est bellum” (“laughter is war”) a reality we are overdue to embrace?

Amy Brooke is an award-winning New Zealand children’s author, commentator and critic.

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Restrictions placed on New Zealanders by Covid-19.

 Restrictions placed on New Zealanders by Covid-19 have highlighted several interesting issues.

Time to challenge our  failing media, government bias and hierarchical rule? http://www.newsweekly.com.au/article.php?id=58932&s=OEcQKB

We have become a supremely racist country, with funding granted not irrespective of racial identity –  but  largely now because of it. Moreover, many New Zealanders would now like to see the end of the tediously captured Waitangi Day – and to celebrate our forebears – not on racist grounds – but on what they contributed to preserving a democracy we are watching disappear from under our noses.

We now have both flagrant government and media bias. For example,  where is our  largely supine media’s questioning of Jacinda Ardern’s decision to bestow $56 million  (with the usual lack of accountability)  on “Maori ” – but only $27 million on other welfare agencies –  to help with Covid-19?

Yet there is no longer any legal definition of who exactly is Maori.  Without this, radicalised individuals, of overwhelming European genetic inheritance,  farcically continue to take from taxpayers’  pockets money that largely goes to the interest groups managing it – than to those in genuine need.

Irrespective of how individuals may feel about various politicians, even senior media  are admitting deliberately contrived bias. Whereas the present Prime Minister is constantly presented with flattering media coverage,  as if she, uniquely, rather than her coalition  government,  has been making the decisions about what New Zealanders are obliged to do, to help control Covid-19,  coverage of Simon Bridges, Leader of the Opposition is consistently and by no means accidentally unflattering. It is not hard to make someone appear unattractive if they are constantly photographed with their mouth open, perhaps contorted by speaking…and never photographed looking normal or smiling.

But then, our New Zealand media,  largely themselves left-wing, warm towards an ultra-Left feminist spearheading some of the most anti-life, damaging legislation ever inflicted on the country. The promotion of  even wider pro-abortion, pro-euthanasia laws does not reflect the views of the majority of New Zealanders, simply disregarded when presented to parliament. Labour’s Minister of Justice, Andrew Little, even admitted he doesn’t read correspondence with which he doesn’t agree. How’s that for a supposedly representative democracy?

Ironic, isn’t it, that this government is pushing towards making it easier than ever to take away little unborn individuals’ right to live – and to  faciltiate the death of vulnerable others – but has contrariwise, imposed such stringent edicts on this death-dealing virus spreading  among those not in these categories.

And yet, the economic consequences of the lockdowns imposed upon our country may ruin the lives, the businesses and the financial futures of so many that the outcomes may be even worse…

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Remembering Anzac Day

POETRY

News Weekly, May 2, 2020

NIGHT FLIGHT – REMEMBERING ANZAC DAY

Lord, I’m not yet twenty,
My brother only twenty-three;
if one of us must die tonight
let it not be he!
Or me.

Yet there the crescent moon
rising gold above the land
cradles the ghost of another;
one reborn, one dying
in the arms of a brother,
a sign of things to be …?

He led me by the hand
once when lost and small. I understand
the call for sons, while grieving mothers
listen to our planes climb high,
and fathers pace – and loving others;
my girl who kissed me, smiling still.
I promised to come back.
Some day I will.

But not tonight. The woods below
are where my pup and I grew up. We owe
that old dog, whining in his sleep
our childhood days. Three pairs of eyes
on silver moving in the stream …
What does he dream?

Do owls still keep
the twilight watch below?
I see our fields are white with snow …

but dark shadows now streak by.
Keep them both safe, Lord!
Let them go free!

If one must go, take me.

 

 

ANZAC DAY – IN THE TRENCHES

Perhaps in the end
they didn’t mind dying so much;
but wouldn’t you, just twenty-two
hearing the message the close guns send?

You, worn out, sleeping only fitfully,
a trench bed of muddy clay and water,
soaked to the skin, propped up on sandbags –
pyjamas, man? You’ve worn the same clothes
for weeks, filthy, smelling, depressed
by dysentery, a fortnight’s rain on and off
and on…thinking before dawn of home …
longing– in this surrealistic world
of dirt and damp and hunger, the horror
of good mates hanging over barbed wire
a head joined only to a helmet …
– to see them all once more, and say
the things you wished you’d said before!

You say them now, or scribble them down,
think their world might yet be saved
if enough tough men,  like you are trying
hard to be, lie awake at night
and think of them, and fight, and kill
others trapped like you – to keep them free.

You wanted once so much to live!
But now you say For them – what’s meant to be …
for them and for theirs – things undone – forgive?

I fought for things enduring. Oh, remember me!

Amy Brooke

 

 

Not a smart strategy, Jacinda. Even if John Key praises your management

Not a smart strategy, Jacinda

Somehow there’s a kind of mean-minded feel about  what, according to the New Zealand  Herald (“Jacinda Ardern has made a ruling”) is presented  as our Prime Minister’s sole  decision to lift the level 4 lock-down, as hoped for. And it’s interesting to note our left-wing media are pumping up Ardern as the world’s most successful leader – with one photograph of her in front of a picture apparently representing her with a halo…somewhat reminiscent of Barack Obama’s haloed presentations.

The country has held its breath for this four weeks to end on Thursday. But wait…it won’t be happening until next week.  And not at the beginning of the week. Why 11.59 pm on Monday night?  And it has not gone unnoticed by New Zealanders  that Ardern’s pronouncements in relation to covid-19 initially tended to be delivered as what she — rather than the government — had decided. Too many “I’s” is never a good sign.

And now? The country has sighed. Not a fresh start to a new week, but what to many inevitably seems a niggling postponement of the hoped-for move down to  level three until next Monday night at 11 59 pm, nearly midnight. The exasperation felt by many is inevitable.  Why call it Monday? Moving down to level 3 lock-down with one minute to go on Monday night won’t start a fresh week off until Tuesday.  Is the country meant to be grateful that at least it’s pre-dawn?  Mike Hosking rightly challenged Ardern’s assertion that there were only two more business days to wait. Thursday until Tuesday encompasses more precious days when businesses would undoubtedly take advantage of the weekend opening to try to prevent their looming economic collapse.

Ar a time when, even before the invasion of Covid-19, a growing restlessness has spread across countries questioning the dominance of their political hierarchies, it’s more timely than ever for governments to remind themselves that they are expected to govern with the consent of the people. When this consent begins to be withheld, civil unrest spreads. And we have always the reminder that when any government assumes for itself emergency powers, calling on the police to reinforce them, history shows the temptation to retain some of these when the emergency has passed. It is also, as now,  can show the willingness of some police to overstep the mark.

Throughout Western democracies, when  a growing number of that sleeping giant, a hitherto non-engaged public, has woken  to  unease, moves like Ardern’s cause resentment.  And from that great champion of freedom, Frederick Hayek,  comes the reminder that  ” Emergencies have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded — and once they are suspended, it is not difficult for anyone who has assumed such emergency powers to see to it that the emergency will persist.” It is as relevant  today.

How many are even aware that the Australian government, having initially proposed that Australians volunteer for a  monitoring app for phones to track the spread of this coronavirus, has so quickly moved with regard to suggesting merely (and foolishly)  volunteering   As writer Bill Muehlenberg  notes:  “Mobile phone tracking software could be compulsory if not enough Australians voluntarily download the application to help in coronavirus case tracing. Prime Minister Scott Morrison says at least 40 per cent of the population needs to use the app to make it effective.” Muehlenberg warns that is always the danger that it will become compulsory. And what about Bill Gates’s  proposal – that people should  be micro-chipped with his pompously named “quantum dot digital tattoo implant to track Covid-10 vaccine compliance”?

Compliance? There is an unpleasant echo here of the former USSR, or today’s horrific situation in China. A brave new world indeed – and another splendid opportunity, no doubt, for  the tyrannical and brutal Communist Chinese government to impose even more controls over its shockingly  oppressed people, dominated by Xi Jinping,  who has assumed more arbitrary powers than any ruler since the equally brutal and tyrannical Mao Zedong.

Yet, oddly enough, our former Prime Minister John Key, who is now again moving back into the limelight with his expressed praise for the Prime Minister’s policies, and whose party reportedly  received backing and funding from Communist-backed Chinese business interests in this country while in power,   has more than once  recently expressed his admiration for this oppressive ruler.  In October 2019, while China was cracking down on the dissidents in Hong Kong desperately  attempting to block its  removing established rights from Hong Kong citizens, Key congratulated China on its 70th anniversary and said he would continue to play an active role in promoting the “understanding and cooperation” of the two countries. 

However, a Chinese state media report on John Key’s visit to President Xi Jinping contains a ringing endorsement from him that’s absent from the English version reduced to the above.

According to Stuff, in a Mandarin story from Xinhua, China’s state-run press agency, Key was quoted as saying: “History will prove President Xi Jinping’s foresight and wisdom and outstanding leadership, and I believe that President Xi Jinping’s One Belt, One Road initiative will inevitably succeed.”

In 2018, two years after he resigned as Prime Minister, Key said: “Xi Jinping’s going to go down in history as a good leader of China.”

Really? But public perception is everything, and  the price our former Prime Minister got for selling his house certainly raised a few eyebrows, as it was reportedly sold to an unknown buyer from China who paid $20 million, even though it was estimated as worth $12 million at most –  and he was said to be keeping part of the grounds on which to build another house. Concerns were also raised about the CCP-underpinned Chinese business support he constantly received for sponsorship at special lunches, queried donations to the National Party, the creation of a National Party List placing for a Communist Chinese spymaster who was  arguably duplicitous in the CV he  advanced – but who has never subsequently been expelled from the party. Not a good look. Nor was the then Prime Minister’s attempt to remove the Union Jack from our flag… let alone the selling of New Zealand businesses and our prime agricultural land — which can apparently be put to more problematic uses.

Interestingly, this former Prime Minister has recently been appointed “China representative” for Zespri, apparently to help Zespri  get  its kiwifruit into China…for which  he is handsomely remunerated by Zespri. Apparently he is on very good terms with Xi Jinping  who reportedly received him privately in Peking only a few months ago. Key is also apparently employed by Comcast of the USA to do their China business, for a considerable fee.

It appears that under John Key, National seemed to have no idea of how the party was being used by Communist Chinese interests. And It also appears doubtful that their MPs today have woken up in this respect.

China it is certainly still intent on buying up as many of our failing businesses and assets as this Communist country can swallow up.

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/15804/china-duplicity

The irony is considerable, given that many of them are now close to ruin, if not actually destroyed, as a result of China’s duplicity over the Covid-19 virus.  And the longer this coalition government keeps the country in lock-down, the higher the price so many New Zealanders will pay in ruined businesses and ruined lives. It is now a question of lives versus lives.

At any rate, there never was a more urgent time for New Zealanders to say that they simply will not put up with the tyrannical Communist regime, which oppresses and tortures its own citizens, siphoning up even more of what we have left in this country.

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/15804/china-duplicity

Meantime, while our local hospital is extraordinarily empty, with only 50% of the beds being used even in the acute ward,  the editor of the Spectator, Fraser Nelson,   reports a sharp rise in non-covid- 19 deaths in UK rest homes.

What is happening to all the people who should be  receiving urgent hospital treatment in relation to cancer, heart, kidney and mental health problems…?

Again, what about that question of lives –  the balance is extraordinarily important. And it is ultimately the community which has to decide this – not yet another hierarchy of experts…

 

© Amy Brooke, Convenor, The 100 Days.  See my book “100 Days – Claiming Back New Zealand …what has gone wrong, and how we can control our politicians.” Available through my  BOOK Page at www.amybrooke.co.nz, or at Amazon’s Kindle.

Our staggeringly cruel treatment of the ill and dying –

Our staggeringly cruel treatment of the ill and dying – why are we allowing this?

Very few New Zealanders will be anything like comfortable with Jacinda Ardern’s  government policy, which, while ostentatiously promoting well-being and kindness, denies the lonely and dying elderly in our rest homes and hospitals from being with those they have spent their lives cherishing.

Mothers and fathers  not able to say goodbye to their children!  Children not able to be with and comfort their parents… husbands and wives to assure each other of that love they have given through thick and thin…to tell  the most important things of all…just to hold a hand and be there.

It feels dreadfully morally wrong that we are conniving at agreeing with our politicians that  our survival as a society necessitates our turning our backs on those who have meant so much to us – even given their lives for us – a tragedy of repudiation of the most vulnerable at the time  – when they may most of all need us with them.

Some would argue that to be able to see and give comfort at such an important time is one of the most important things we can do in our lives – and would argue that we will still eventually defeat this coronavirus – but that the price we pay by being kept away from those who have such a great need of this  – those they love being with them  – is one that is simply too high.

I would agree. And I would ask those of you who feel the same to write to the Prime Minister -it’s certainly easy enough to email any MP…and the leader of the Opposition and/or or your own MP.  All it requires is a first name, a full stop, then @parliament. govt nz –  For example : – Winston.Peters@parliament. govt.nz …and so on.


One very useful thing to remember is that in normal times, most MPs don’t bother to read their emails. Their staff do it for them. And apparently sme  staff are quite good at making sure that emails they personally might not like don’t get sent on to the ministers.

But now, with secretaries apparently  not being on duty in Parliament, MPs wanting to take the measure of the country are answering their own emails – as I have just discovered from one high-ranking politician writing back directly.

And from this fine reminder from Rabbi  Dr Shai Held, in the Atlantic March 12, 2020,  well titled The staggering heartless cruelty towards the elderly comes the overdue reminder that a global pandemic doesn’t give us cause to treat the aged callously.


Isn’t it time to protest about the fact that we are doing just this in New Zealand?  Why on earth are we!


Please help by joining our own protest. And read on.

Please note that we do not need even to stress that “from a religious perspective” there are important things to teach our children… Forf rom any perspective of decency, and our duty of care for the most vulnerable is always there.

The staggering, heartless cruelty toward the elderly

A global pandemic doesn’t give us cause to treat the aged callously.

by Rabbi Dr Shai Held

The Atlantic, March 12, 2020.
URL: www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/respect-old/607864/

“Extract (emphasis added)

From a religious perspective, if there is one thing we ought to teach our children, it is that our worth as human beings does not depend on or derive from what we do or accomplish or produce; we are, each of us, infinitely valuable just because we are created in the image of God. We mattered before we were old enough to be economically productive, and we will go on mattering even after we cease to be economically productive.

Varied ethical and religious traditions find their own ways to affirm an elemental truth of human life: The elderly deserve our respect and, when necessary, our protection. The mark of a decent society is that it resists the temptation to spurn the defenseless. It is almost a truism that the moral fabric of a society is best measured by how it treats the vulnerable in its midst — and yet it is a lesson we never seem to tire of forgetting. “You shall rise before the aged and show deference to the old,” the Bible says — look out for them and, in the process, become more human yourself.”

© Amy Brooke, Convenor, The 100 Days.  See my book “100 Days – Claiming Back New Zealand …what has gone wrong, and how we can control our politicians.” Available through my  BOOK Page at www.amybrooke.co.nz, or at Amazon’s Kindle.

Jacinda Ardern -and promoting divisive separatism in this country

Promoting divisive separatism in this country.Why so many of us would now prefer to honour Anzac Day.

http://www.newsweekly.com.au/article.php?id=58932&s=OEcQKB

In relation to the Covid-19 virus, Jacinda Ardern’s left-wing coalition has reportedly bestowed $56 million on Maori ( but  who, now, are legally defined as Maori?) with a much lesser amount of $27 million to go to other welfare recipients. Why?

The phrase, the silent majority, has long been used to refer to New Zealanders who are not highly vocal, nor stridently demanding – like our customary special interest groups, but who nevertheless, quiet New Zealanders, keep their eye  on what is happening to the country. And their patience is running out, noting the continual handouts of hard-earned and undeserved millions of dollars to a noisy minority of part-Maori descent whom it pays financially to keep demanding more and more of taxpayers’ funding. Their appetites are apparently insatiable.

Our governments appear to fall over themselves to buy the so-called “Maori vote, although there are no longer any full-blooded Maori in New Zealand. Moreover, the Maori economy has been estimated to now be worth approximately $40 billion. For several decades, various forms of compensation,  of scores, even hundreds of millions of dollars at a time have been handed over to the larger,  then smaller and smaller part-Maori groupings – which was never the intention of the treaty settlements. An increasing number have been questioned, with good reason, as flawed settlements that should never have gone ahead.

The South Island Ngai Tahu settlement made in the 90s is a very good case in point. Shockingly,  the Minister of Treaty Negotiations at the  time basically told the Maori Affairs Select Committee to ignore the nearly 400 submissions –  many from historians very-well informed indeed, and producing evidence that this claim was  basically “a swindle” – a  phrase used at the time. However, a clever lawyer, and a tribunal operating like a Star chamber… as the Waitangi Tribunal does – can often win the day.  And it did. Quite shocking examples of bias and disgraceful behaviour on the part of some sitting on subsequent Maori Affairs Select Committees have raised the question of basic corruption.

Yet, in reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic, this government is repeating the same pattern – preference grants on the basis of race. As usual, there is no requirement from those managing or receiving this grant  to return accountability  to the taxpayer. Moreover, in what has become an ongoing rort –  the majority of part-Maori, now settled throughout, businesses,  trades and professions,  many of whom also disapprove of what is happening,  see nothing whatever of this money. It customarily ends up in the hands of highly politically astute activists, those ostensibly administering it for the benefit of “our people”.

But who are ” our people”? And throughout these recent decades, what has again and again amounted to theft of this money has been highlighted without cases being brought to court – and without any genuine recompense being paid.

The most crucial point is that there is no legal definition whatever of Maori. Who is Maori?  For obvious political advantage, in the 1970s,  the requirement that anyone claiming to be predominantly Maori had to be at least 50%  genetically Maori was removed.

So why does millions of dollars continually get taken from the majority of New Zealanders to be bestowed on supposedly Maori claimants, apparently regarded as less advantaged than those who have no Maori inheritance?

This is of course not only completely untrue – it is also unforgivably condescending to a very clever,  warlike people,  the majority of whose ancestors only survived (during a time when internecine  warfare and the horrors of cannibalism were widespread) by being among the smartest of their people.

Arguably their descendants continue to outwit our governments.

New Zealanders have long endorsed the theory that help should always be given on the basis of need – not on the basis of race.

Worse, there is not even any definition of of “Maori”… and so many of those applying to control this funding are predominantly European… even with as little as 1/16 or 1/32 of Maori inheritance. Yet our political parties continue to inexcusably endorse what has become  the politics of corruption.

To  wantonly throw New Zealanders’ hard-earned money at an ill-defined group of people who have learnt to pull the puppet strings of racial preference, has to stop.

It’s high time to legally establish who can genuinely claim to be predominantly genetically Maori.

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© Amy Brooke, Convenor, The 100 Days.  See my book “100 Days – Claiming Back New Zealand …what has gone wrong, and how we can control our politicians.” Available through my  BOOK Page at www.amybrooke.co.nz, or at Amazon’s Kindle.

What Bill of Rights?

What Bill of Rights?

Concern is now very real  that the deeply undemocratic Andrew Little (who voted for the killing of unborn children to become easier – in spite of 91.6% of submissions to parliament opposing this) is now attempting to use nationwide worry about Covid 19 to distract the country from his intention to push through the deeply undemocratic hate speech legislation he is sponsoring. 

Yet we all know that our Bill of Rights (as Lindsay Perigo reminds us )  contains the following:

New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990
Public Act 1990 No 109
Date of assent 28 August 1990

13 Freedom of thought, conscience, and religion
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion, and belief, including the right to adopt and to hold opinions without interference.

14 Freedom of expression
Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and opinions of any kind in any form.

There is no such thing as the right not to be offended—Salman Rushdie.

New Zealanders are reasonable people, and only a fringe element would ever use speech that others find hateful.

But in a knee-jerk action to the shocking and shameful attack on the Muslim community in Christchurch  —one for which no New Zealander was responsible.

Perhaps this needs to be remembered, as the media has been centre-staging the fact of its anniversary —which some see an attempt to lay a guilt trip on New Zealanders as a whole.

Undoubtedly, an opportunity is also being taken by the Labour Party government to control New Zealanders even further.

Parliament’s phone  number is 04 817 9999.

Arguably, we all need to pick up that phone far more often,  and ask to be put through to the relevant office—here that of Andrew Little or Jacinda Ardern. Neither of these offices are presently answering the phone.

Grant Robertson’s office is,  and his helpful telephonist was happy to pass on the concern I expressed, with a reminder that majority of New Zealanders undoubtedly feel the same, and that Little has no mandate at all to undertake what he’s doing.

His intent, as he well knows, directly contravenes our Bill of Rights. It’s doubly problematic,  because some of the impetus is coming from a religious group within this country,  when in fact its extremists worldwide have been and are constantly targeting and killing Christians. So essentially it can be viewed as a power move from representatives of this religion, the majority of whom we know are moderate people—but whom we see worldwide are themselves being targeted, used and sheltering — inadvertently or not their own extremists.

To allow any religious or ethnic group to dictate government policy is unacceptable.

Of equal concern is that the police should be involved with this issue. For obvious reasons, the police should never be involved in formulating government policy. They are essentially there to maintain law and order and to protect the public against criminal activity.

Thanks to all of you who don’t forget that the price of a democracy, of freedom, is paid only by eternal vigilance.

Please help to warn others –  and contact parliament yourself.

Why not?

© Amy Brooke, Convenor, The 100 Days.  See my book “100 Days – Claiming Back New Zealand …what has gone wrong, and how we can control our politicians.” Available through my  BOOK Page at www.amybrooke.co.nz, or at Amazon’s Kindle.

The real Western civilisation emergency?

The real Western civilisation emergency? 

The inexcusable, great global warming scam — and what it is going to cost us — is brilliantly illustrated by Melanie Phillips below.* It’s too important to miss!

And why are we finding that we now have to use wood burners even earlier each year in New Zealand? Ours and neighbours’ are now being used already in March — as they were, nearing the end of last year – when we’re supposed to be having global warming!

Remember Greenpeace? Another theory about why we have all been conned — this includes our governments and local bodies —has now been advanced by none other than the founder of Greenpeace *“Dr Patrick Moore, who subsequently saw the light. He suggested that after the failure of Soviet communism, neo-Marxists used green language to cloak agendas that had more to do with anti-capitalism and anti-globalisation than with the science of ecology.” 

And how much of the sheer ignorance of this anti-capitalist agenda has been shown by other mayors and local bodies around the country? Incredibly enough, in Nelson, Mayor Rachel Reese actually enthusiastically hugged members of Extinction Rebellion, the anarchist group gluing themselves to tunnels, roads, etc in Britain.

In a display of extraordinary gullibility Reese has seen to the Nelson City Council establishing an inexcusably  expensive undertaking to tackle Nelson’s non-existent climate change emergency, employing new staff, with all the salaries and equipment involved — and reportedly inappropriately diverting the funding from other council accounts to do so.  But we don’t have any climate change emergency in Nelson!  There’s absolutely no proof of this at all – so what excuse is there for  the Nelson City Council’s sheer gullibility  – and the rise of rates inflicted on an already overtaxed community? 

Don’t miss Melanie Philips below!  

©  Amy Brooke. Check out my book,  ” The 100 Days  – Claiming back New Zealand…What has gone wrong and how we can control our politicians“. Available from my website – http://www.amybrooke.co.nz – or from Amazon’s Kindle

CIVILISATION EMERGENCY

FEBRUARY 21, 2020 , by MELANIE Philips.  

*A few commentators have begun to stumble towards the fact that the policy of becoming “carbon neutral” by 2050, as adopted by the UK and the EU, would undo modernity itself.

On Unherd, Peter Franklin observes that, if carried through, the policy will have a far greater effect than Brexit or anything else; it will transform society altogether.

“It will continue to transform the power industry, and much else besides: every mode of transport; how we build, warm and cool our homes; food, agriculture and land use; trade, industry, every part of the economy”.

Franklin is correct. Even so, he seems not to grasp the full implications of the disaster he intuits – because he thinks there’s some kind of middle way through which the imminent eco-apocalypse can be prevented without returning Britain to the Middle Ages.

In similar vein he quotes Rachel Wolf, a co-author of the 2019 Conservative manifesto, who is prone to the same kind of magical thinking. She wrote:

“Government has committed to ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions because it does not want the side effects of the energy sources we have used for centuries to destroy the planet. At the same time, we do not want to return to an era where children (and their mothers) regularly died, and where the majority of people lived in what would now in the UK be considered wholly unacceptable poverty. This is a staggering challenge”.

This is what we might call an understatement. What is truly staggering is, first, that any sentient person thinks this can be done and, second, that it should be done.

For it’s not just that the carbon-neutral target will destroy the livelihoods and wreck the living standards of millions of people. It’s not even that it would take Britain and the west backwards to a pre-industrial way of life.

More fundamentally, it shows that policymakers and politicians – even those who may not fawn idiotically over Greta Thunberg and who rightly view Extinction Rebellion as a bunch of anarchist vandals – have not the slightest scintilla of a clue that the whole idea of a “climate emergency” is bogus from start to finish.

Those who point this out are vilified by the chillingly offensive term “climate-change deniers” and written off as a small bunch of cranks. This merely shows the terrifying effects of groupthink. The claim that “97 per cent” of scientists support the prediction of planetary disaster through anthropogenic global warming – a figure that is itself said to have misrepresented the evidence – denies the key scientific principle that science is never settled.

It also ignores the hundreds of scientists in related fields, many with stellar reputations and some of whom themselves served as expert reviewers for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change until they decided the IPCC was hijacking science for ideological ends, who have shown repeatedly that the evidence for a “climate emergency” doesn’t hold up for a moment.

What these scientists are telling us is that policy-makers are intending to destroy the west’s economic and social ecology even though:

  • There’s no evidence that current changes in the climate are different from the fluctuations in climate over the centuries;
  • The idea that the non-linear, chaotic and infinitely complex climate can be significantly affected by anything human beings may do is intrinsically absurd;
  • All climate forecasts are based on computer modelling which is unable to process this level of complexity and unpredictability, and which is also susceptible to false assumptions fed into the programmes which produce false results;
  • Much evidence of current environmental trends is ambiguous and contested;
  • Much climate-related research is scientifically illiterate or the product of outright intellectual fraud;
  • Scientists in climate-related fields can often only obtain grant funding if their research corresponds to apocalyptic AGW theory. This innate distorting mechanism will be hugely exacerbated by the $10 billion which Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has announced he is investing to “save Earth” from climate change, “the biggest threat to our planet”.

Nevertheless, scientists with intellectual and moral integrity are continuing to challenge this bogus science with actual facts. I reported several of these in my 2010 book, The World Turned Upside Down. Here are a few more recent examples.

  • Professor Ole Humlum, Emeritus Professor of Physical Geography, University of Oslo, has saidthat the World Meteorological Organisation is misleading the public by suggesting that global warming and its impacts are accelerating. He wrote:

Reading the WMO report, you would think that global warming was getting worse. But in fact it is carefully worded to give a false impression. The data are far more suggestive of an improvement than a deterioration. After the warm year of 2016, temperatures last year continued to fall back to levels of the so-called warming “pause” of 2000-2015. There is no sign of any acceleration in global temperature, hurricanes or sea-level rise. These empirical observations show no sign of acceleration whatsoever.”

“…The temperature variations recorded in the lower troposphere are generally reflected at higher altitudes also, and the overall temperature ‘pause’ since about 2002 is recorded at all altitudes, including the tropopause and into the stratosphere above. In the stratosphere, however, the temperature ‘pause’ had already commenced by around 1995; that is, 5–7 years before a similar temperature ‘pause’ began in the lower troposphere near the planet’s surface.The stratospheric temperature ‘pause’ has now lasted without interruption for about 24 years”.

  • Paul Homewood wrote herethat the Met Office’s Central England Temperature Record shows that temperatures have barely changed in 20 years and that there has been no increase in extremely hot days either:

“The summer of 2018 had just one day over 30 degrees, while 1976 had six. The Met Office’s data show that hot days are just not becoming more common.” And there seems to be little to worry about on bad weather front either. There has been a gentle decline in storminess, and in most of the UK, there has been no change in either average rainfall or rainfall extremes”.

  • A leading climatologist, Professor John Christy of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, has saidthat the computer simulations used to predict global warming are failing on a key measure of the climate today and cannot be trusted.

“They all have rapid warming above 30,000 feet in the tropics – it’s effectively a diagnostic signal of greenhouse warming. But in reality it’s just not happening. It’s warming up there, but at only about one third of the rate predicted by the models.”

  • Professor Ray Bates of University College Dublin saysthe IPCC’s Special Report on a Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR1.5), which makes a “costly and highly disruptive recommendation” that carbon emissions be reduced to zero by mid-century, lacks the scientific rigour to support such a proposal.

“There is much recent observational and scientific evidence that the IPCC report has failed to include and which supports a more considered mitigation strategy than the extreme and unrealistic measures called for in the SR1.5 report”.

  • reviewof Met Office weather data found the UK climate was more stable than was being suggested.

The review, which examines official temperature, rainfall, drought and other weather data shows that although temperatures increased slightly in the 1990s and 2000s, there is no evidence that weather has become more extreme. And intriguingly, extreme heat is, if anything, slightly less common than in previous decades.In particular, heatwaves have not become more severe and nor have droughts. Data also suggest that recent warming has had little effect on the severity of flooding in the UK”.

  • Richard Lindzen, formerly Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the author of over 200 papers on meteorology and climatology and is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences. He has consistently drawn attention to the fact that AGW theory is a sham and a scam.

In a lecture in 2018, he ridiculed the core premises of AGW theory that the climate, a complex multifactor system, could be summarised in just one variable – the globally averaged temperature change – and that it was primarily controlled by the 1-2 per cent perturbation in the single variable of carbon dioxide. This, he said, is “an extraordinary pair of claims based on reasoning that borders on magical thinking.”

“Turning to the issue of temperature extremes, is there any data to even support concern? As to these extremes, the data shows no trend and the IPCC agrees… At the heart of this nonsense is the failure to distinguish weather from climate. Thus, global warming refers to the welcome increase in temperature of about 1◦C since the end of the Little Ice Age about 200 years ago. On the other hand, weather extremes involve temperature changes of the order of 20◦C. Such large changes have a profoundly different origin from global warming.

“This has also been the case with sea-level rise. Sea level has been increasing by about 8 inches per century for hundreds of years, and we have clearly been able to deal with it. In order to promote fear, however, those models that predict much larger increases are invoked. As a practical matter, it has long been known that at most coastal locations, changes in sea level, as measured by tide gauges, are primarily due to changes in land level associated with both tectonics and land use. Moreover, the small change in global mean temperature (actually the change in temperature increase) is much smaller than what the computer models used by the IPCC have predicted. Even if all this change were due to man, it would be most consistent with low sensitivity to added carbon dioxide, and the IPCC only claims that most (not all) of the warming over the past 60 years is due to man’s activities. Thus, the issue of man-made climate change does not appear to be a serious problem”.

So what’s really going on here? How come so many scientists subscribe to this falsification of science itself?

One clue lay in an article published in the Guardian in 2007 by Mike Hulme, the founding director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and a guru of AGW orthodoxy. In seeking to rebut the argument that global warming theory was bunk, he openly acknowledged that the theory could not be supported by the “normal” rules of scientific inquiry. He wrote:

“The danger of a ‘normal’ reading of science is that it assumes science can first find truth, then speak truth to power, and that truth-based policy will then follow… Self-evidently dangerous climate change will not emerge from a normal scientific process of truth-seeking, although science will gain some insights into the question if it recognises the socially contingent dimensions of a post-normal science.But to proffer such insights, scientists – and politicians – must trade (normal) truth for influence. If scientists want to remain listened to, to bear influence on policy, they must recognise the social limits of their truth seeking and reveal fully the values and beliefs they bring to their scientific activity”.

As I wrote in The World Turned Upside Down: “It was a brazen admission that, in the name of science, scientific reason had been junked altogether to promote mere ideological conviction. In other words, science— the hard-wiring that underpins our age of reason — has short-circuited itself. It has mutated into a denial of rationality in order to change the very way in which people think. This is not about submitting theories or hypotheses or evidence for public debate. This is about using ‘science’ to stifle public debate and change the way people think and behave”.

Another theory was advanced by none other than the founder of Greenpeace, Dr Patrick Moore, who subsequently saw the light. He suggested that after the failure of Soviet communism, neo-Marxists used green language to cloak agendas that had more to do with anti-capitalism and anti-globalisation than with the science of ecology.

That certainly corresponds with the real agenda of Extinction Rebellion, a leak from whose computer database revealed that its aims include “to build structure, community and test prototypes in preparation for the coming structural collapse of the regimes of western ‘democracies’ — now seen as inevitable due to stored-up crisis. Thus preparing a foundation to transform society and resist fascism/other extremes. This includes creating Rising from the Wreckage – a citizens’ assembly based on sortition [random selection]”.

Another scientist has heard other echoes. Professor Paul Reiter, professor of medical entomology at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and a former expert reviewer for the IPCC, was appalled by the IPCC’s false claims about the increased risk from global warming of malaria, a disease on which Reiter is a world expert. And he noted the parallels between the global warming scam and “Lysenkoism” in the Soviet Union.

Trofim Lysenko was an agricultural scientist who claimed falsely that he could eradicate starvation by modifying seeds before cultivation and thus multiply grain production. He argued that conventional genetics was ‘fascist genetics’. Opposition to him was not tolerated. As a result, between 1934 and 1940 numerous geneticists were shot or exiled to Siberia and starved to death, including the Director of the Lenin Academy of Agricultural Sciences in 1943.

Lysenko took his place and in 1948 genetics was labelled ‘bourgeois pseudoscience’. The ban on genetics was lifted in 1965 after tens of millions had starved to death because Lysenko’s agricultural polices had not produced enough food.

Reiter commented: “One of the few geneticists who survived the Stalin era wrote: ‘Lysenko showed how a forcibly instilled illusion, repeated over and over at meetings and in the media, takes on an existence of its own in people’s minds, despite all realities’. To me, we have fallen into this trap”.

The “climate emergency”, which we are told threatens the imminent collapse of civilisation and the extinction of humanity, is a dogma being enforced by a culturally totalitarian tyranny. Threatening the living standards of millions, permitting no challenge and wrecking the livelihoods and reputations of any who dares dissent, it has been created by a repudiation of science, humanity and reason: the very markers of modernity and the west. This is the real emergency. ”

 

 

91.6% submissions from New Zealanders opposed this barbaric abortion bill.

91.6% submissions from New Zealanders opposed this barbaric abortion bill.

A very good illustration of the way our antidemocratic parliament once more flagrantly ignores the wishes of the majority.

See important findings below…and vote out the MPs ignoring all these — and ignoring the question of the lack of morality involved in deliberately destroying a blameless and defenceless little human life…

© Amy Brooke

“Unborn babies may feel pain before the 24-week abortion limit, scientists say

  • Unborn babies might be able to feel ‘something like pain’ as early as 13 weeks 
  • To carry on regardless of new evidence ‘flirts with moral recklessness’, they say
  • The lead author of the controversial article is British professor Stuart Derbyshire 

By Stephen Adams for The Mail on Sunday

Published: 12:01 AEDT, 19 January 2020 | Updated: 03:27 AEDT, 22 January 2020

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7903507/Unborn-babies-feel-pain-24-week-abortion-limit-scientists-say.html

Unborn babies may be able to feel pain before reaching 24 weeks, say scientists – meaning they could suffer as they are being aborted.

Until now, the consensus of medical opinion has been that foetuses cannot feel pain before 24 weeks’ gestation, after which abortion is illegal in Britain except in special cases.

But two medical researchers, including a ‘pro-choice’ British pain expert who used to think there was no chance foetuses could feel pain that early, say recent studies strongly suggest the assumption is incorrect.

The studies indicate unborn babies might be able to feel ‘something like pain’ as early as 13 weeks, they say.

Unborn babies may be able to feel pain before reaching 24 weeks, say scientists – meaning they could suffer as they are being aborted.

Women going for abortions who have reached this stage of pregnancy should be told the foetus could experience pain while being terminated, they argue. And medical staff should ask if the woman wants it to be given pain relief.

To carry on regardless of new evidence ‘flirts with moral recklessness’, they write in the influential Journal of Medical Ethics.

Last night, anti-abortionists said the scientists’ claims should change attitudes towards abortion and the practice of it – suggestions that were swiftly rejected by the country’s biggest abortion provider, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.

The lead author of the controversial article is British professor Stuart Derbyshire, who has acted as a consultant to the Pro-Choice Forum in the UK and Planned Parenthood, a leading American pro-choice organisation.

In 2006, he wrote in the British Medical Journal that avoiding talking to women seeking abortions about foetal pain was ‘sound policy based on good evidence that foetuses cannot experience pain’.

But in the JME article, he and American medic John Bockmann say there is now ‘good evidence’ that the brain and nervous system are sufficiently wired up by 18 weeks for the foetus to feel pain.

Specifically, it has been thought that the cortex, the outer brain layer that deals with sensory information, is not developed enough for pain to register.

As a result, ‘many medical bodies… state that pain is not possible before 24 weeks’ gestation’. However, recent studies clearly show ‘that the consensus is no longer valid’, they argue.

One study found an adult with an extensively damaged cortex could still feel pain.

The two medics say their own ‘stark differences’ on the morality of abortion ‘should not interfere with discussion of whether foetal pain is possible’.

Given recent advances in understanding, ‘acting as if we have certainty’ that foetuses cannot feel pain before 24 weeks ‘flirts with a moral recklessness that we are motivated to avoid’.

Their conclusions raise grave questions for the UK’s abortion industry, which carried out 218,281 terminations in 2018 – almost a quarter (23 per cent) of all pregnancies. About 6,000 abortions are carried out annually at 18 weeks or later.

Professor Derbyshire and Dr Bockmann advise: ‘Given the evidence that the foetus might be able to experience something like pain during later abortions, it seems reasonable that the clinical team and the pregnant woman are encouraged to consider foetal analgesia [pain relief].’

But Clare Murphy, of BPAS, said: ‘The most comprehensive review of this issue to date concluded a foetus cannot experience pain before 24 weeks.

‘There is nothing in this paper which would lead to a change in practice.’ Dr Anthony McCarthy, of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, said: ‘A society that claims to take seriously animal pain should not shrink from confronting pain inflicted on young human beings in the name of ‘choice’.

‘Making death painless for the one killed does not, however, mean that taking life is thereby justified.’

Pro-life MP Fiona Bruce said: ‘Given developing views and research on foetal pain, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ guidance on this issue in relation to abortion – which is now nearly ten years old – should be reviewed.’

Cross-bench peer Lord Alton, who is part of a parliamentary inquiry into foetal pain, said: ‘This new evidence adds further pressure on Parliament to urgently review our current abortion time limit. We last had a proper debate on time limits in 2008.’

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists did not respond to a request for comment.”