Climate skeptics more eco friendly

The obligatory picture of backlit harmless water vapour to illustrate a Climate Change story

Who’d have thunk it. Those who are sceptical about climate change are more eco-friendly than those who make a song and dance about it. Breitbart explains: Quote:

QuoteAmericans who are skeptical about climate change engage in personal behavior that is more friendly to the environment than climate alarmists, who support increased government regulation, a new study has found.

Michael Hall, a psychologist from the University of Michigan, led a team of researchers in a yearlong longitudinal study of 600 Americans who ?regularly reported their climate change beliefs, pro-environmental behavior, and other climate-change related measures? and published the results of their study in The Journal of Environmental Psychology[…]

The results of the study contradicted the intuitive assumption that people most concerned about climate change would be the most likely to engage in eco-friendly behavior, revealing instead that the contrary is true. There is an inverse correlation between climate-change concern and environmentally beneficial action.End of quote.

I wouldn’t call it contradictory. Those who talk the walk seldom walk the talk. Quote:

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So now it’s all about ability

A South Island principal says some boys are missing out because of a lack of male primary school teachers.

But the Ministry of Education says it’s about the quality of teaching, not the gender of the teacher.

Really? About quality teaching now is it?

[…]The Kaitangata Primary School teacher says your gender doesn’t make you a better teacher, but he says it’s important students have both female and male role models.

“For a lot of the children at schools and inner city schools where I’ve taught, you’d be the only positive male in the family, if not the only male that was present in their lives, and I think that’s crucial.”

Good point.

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Floyd Mayweather appeared in a cold open sketch on The Late Late Show, with host James Corden. Photo: CBS


Floyd Mayweather has a disturbing history of domestic violence

You can?t criticize Donald Trump in one breath and cajole a serial domestic abuser in the next.

Last Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel dedicated his opening monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live!?to President Donald Trump,?calling out the commander-in-chief?for his appalling defence of the Charlottesville neo-Nazis and pleading with Trump voters to admit they were wrong. It was a fairly de rigueur performance when it comes to this new wave of politically conscious late-night hosts?a choir of voices that pride themselves on calling out social and political injustices.

And then, mere minutes after giving Trump a vicious tongue-lashing, Kimmel welcomed that night?s big guest: Floyd ?Money? Mayweather, the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. The undefeated (49-0) champion is currently making the rounds to promote his August 26 bout against UFC fighter Conor McGregor, an event that?critics have labelled a shameless money grab.

Kimmel lightly ribbed Mayweather about his reputation for throwing around absurd sums of money (Mayweather confessed to once owning a Brink?s truck to haul all his cash) and, during a particularly cringe-inducing exchange, couldn?t contain his giggles while questioning why Mayweather doesn?t receive lap dances from the entertainers at his strip club.

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The hypocrisy of Labour over superannuation

The previous post talked about the swapsies going on in superannuation policy. Bill English isn’t being held to John Key’s promise, and Andrew Little is ignoring Labour policy at the last election. All this is confusing to voters.

While Labour had?a policy on superannuation?at the last election that was called brave, they did want to increase the age of eligibility:

Labour would raise the age of eligibility for New Zealand Superannuation to 67, make KiwiSaver compulsory for employees and increase the KiwiSaver contribution rate if voted into power.

Deputy Labour leader David Parker told members of the superannuation industry his party was not afraid to tackle the age of eligibility issue despite it being politically challenging.

“I am willing to deal with the age of eligibility for superannuation. This is not populist politics.”

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Green hypocrisy lobbying for Cadbury to stay open

The Green taliban have always been hypocrites, but you can’t find a starker example than their advocacy over trying to keep Cadbury open in Dunedin.

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei is rebutting claims her party has a double standard over the closure of Dunedin?s Cadbury factory.

Ms Turei said yesterday the closure of the factory was ?a tragedy for Dunedin and local manufacturing.?

Taxpayers? Union executive director Jordan Williams says her comments ?seem a bit hollow,? given the Greens are also advocating for a sugar tax, which would reduce spending on Cadbury chocolate.

?With not the slightest acknowledgement of irony, Ms Turei blames the government for the job losses because of apparent ?inaction? on manufacturing,? Mr Williams says.

?If by ?action,??Ms Turei?means imposing the sorts of anti-consumer, anti-business, taxes like ones the Greens want to impose, then thank goodness the government isn?t following their advice.?? Read more »

Where is the outrage over this massive fence to keep bad immigrants out?

There is nothing like a bit of Euro hypocrisy.

This week has seen worldwide outrage against President Donald Trump and his temporary ban on people entering the United States from seven mostly Muslim countries.

There have been demonstrations across the globe and a petition here trying to stop the President?s State visit to the UK has been signed more than 1.8 million times.

As an observer of international politics for many decades, I believe that Trump?s move to ban certain Muslims from travelling to the U.S. is inept, morally wrong and, above all, a propaganda gift to violent Islamic organisations such as Isis and Al Qaeda.

That said, I am utterly appalled by the behaviour of many of those who are condemning Trump.

Most egregious is the hypocrisy of the leaders of many EU countries, including Angela Merkel and her cheerleaders among the British liberal elite. Their hypocrisy turns my stomach.

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Why NZME make me sick


Today the NZ Herald, owned by NZME has splashed a story about a radio host from the competing Mediaworks stable all over their website…it is also pushed out via their gossip site Spy.

That radio host is clearly suffering a major depressive episode, and as a fellow sufferer of depression, I know precisely what she is going through. The last thing she needs is the gutless wankers at the NZ Herald prying into her private life.

But their actions stand in stark contrast to the rather glowing eulogies they are handing out right now to one of their own.

So…here’s the thing.

The guy who was found in a pool of piss, shit and vomit in a hotel in Cambodia after a long bender on opiates and meth apparently deserves respect and care. Everything is glossed over. They go on about how he was a caring Dad and husband…blah, blah, blah.

But then they go and kick the shit out of someone clearly suffering a massive depressive episode, all of a sudden their pretense of care and love is out the window in the name of clickbait headlines and attacking the opposition media organisation.

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Time to apply the same logic at our national borders as company recruiters



Nothing is quite so annoying as a person who says, ” do as I say, not as I do.” ?In this article we look at Silicon Valley companies that are opposed to strong borders to protect a country’s culture but are ruthless when it comes to the protection of their individual company culture.

Ask a startup?CEO what the most important thing at his company is, and you?re likely to hear something about the ?company culture? ? a?unique blend of values and workplace norms that give startups their unique vibe.

It?s something that tech companies are very proud of, particularly in Silicon Valley

….Valley startups?understand the importance of culture to an organisation?s success. Indeed, tech companies take company cultures so far that they turn into borderline cults.

Some would argue that a company?s culture is even more important than the skills and experience of senior hires. Indeed, it?s now?accepted practice for potential employees to be rejected because hiring managers don?t think they?d be a ?good fit? in the company?s atmosphere.

Which of course?makes sense. Different companies work differently and no one culture is the perfect fit for every startup.

…Every startup CEO knows?this and takes pride in his company?s?distinctiveness. Many believe that it is precisely their company culture that affords them a competitive edge.

CEOs often?hire a small percentage of??bad fits? on purpose, in order to avoid groupthink in long-established teams ? say, 2.5 to 5 per cent. But any more than that starts tearing the company apart, causing it to lose its edge and flavour.

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Hey Andrea? Remember when you said this?

Andrea Vance is one of the main journalists sniffing through the Panama Papers.

It might be useful to remind Andrea Vance of something she claimed in 2013:

In other circumstances, I could probably find something to laugh about in revelations that the journalist who broke a story about illegal spying was snooped on by Parliament’s bureaucrats.

Let alone the irony that the reporter previously worked for the News of the World, the tabloid at the centre of a privacy violation scandal.

But I am that journalist and I’m mad as hell.

Anyone who has had their confidential details hacked and shared around has the right to be angry. ?

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Labour?s new Trade Spokesperson will need to have a split personality to be business-friendly and anti-TPP

Labour have painted themselves into a corner and the person tasked with trying to step across the deep red paint is David Clark.

Unfortunately the man is an idiot.

He spoke to Richard Harman from Politik about his need to speak in tongues,

Labour?s new trade spokesperson knows he has to walk a very narrow line if he wants to carry out the party?s anti-TPP policies without alienating the business community at the same time as he avoids splitting the centre left political block.

David Clark understands it won?t be easy.

Of course it won’t be easy. It is nigh on impossible after the political gymnastics performed by his idiot leader. You simply can’t say you have bottom lines, have those bottom lines all met, then say you still don’t support it…and then say you won’t pull us out of the deal. There is a word that can’t be said in parliament but can be said on blogs….hypocrisy. Business really hates hypocrisy.

For a start he realises Labour could easily be held hostage by some of the extremists on the anti-TPP side.

?I?ve seen the Government actually trying to position us as being alongside the more extreme elements but that?s politics and that?s what they will try and do,? he says.

?Part of it is incumbent on me as the spokesman and us generally to do our homework; to make sure we are familiar with the deal, the ins and outs and then to be presenting the alternatives.?

He?s emphatic that Labour is a free market party.

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