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It's Easter, which means ...

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2008-03-21 00:03

IT'S EASTER, GOOD FRIDAY, a day when government flunkies fan out around New Zealand to sacrifice shop-owners, and the Christians who insist on their being sacrificed to the gods of bureaucracy celebrate the sacrifice of their own ideal two-thousand years ago.

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Peter, I had so much — by Newberry on Sun, 2008-03-23 01:58
Peter - Wow, there is a lot — by reed on Sat, 2008-03-22 19:59

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Another apology we'd like to hear

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2008-02-14 02:22

Seeing as it's Sorry Week in Australia, here's an apology I'd like to see some honest NZ education department apparatchik deliver.

Today I'd like to honour the New Zealand children who were delivered by government force into our care, and whom we rewarded by abusing their parents' trust and depriving them of the human potential with which they were born.

We reflect on your past mistreatment, and we have to say: we were responsible.

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... would be an apology that meant something. — by 0 on Thu, 2008-02-21 08:08
Good to be back...! — by mvardoulis on Fri, 2008-02-15 19:56
Thanks Mr Vardoulis — by HWH on Fri, 2008-02-15 03:41

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'One-Law-For-All' Day

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2008-02-04 22:45

Expect another day tomorrow of protest, anger and hot air, all now par for the course for the day on which New Zealand was founded. You'd think, in a country with as much to offer and as much to celebrate as New Zealand has that our National Day itself would be something to celebrate. Not likely.

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Amazing work, Peter! — by mvardoulis on Tue, 2008-02-05 01:30

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Plot, character and great drama, all in less than an hour-and-a-half

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2008-01-22 00:26

Half-a-dozen of us here last night watched two films and a TV programme.  That might sound like a busy evening, but it wasn't.  It only took an hour-and-a-half.

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Peter, Excellent post.  — by Newberry on Thu, 2008-10-09 02:48
I'll tell you... — by atlascott on Wed, 2008-10-08 19:06
Oh sorry. I'd not realised — by Mark Hubbard on Tue, 2008-01-22 02:51

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Integrity: Some have it, some don't.

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2008-01-08 00:14

"Integrity is loyalty to one's convictions and values; it is the policy of acting in accordance with one's values, of expressing, upholding and translating them into practical reality." - Ayn Rand.

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yes — by gregster on Tue, 2008-01-08 19:49
ideals real in practical reality — by Newberry on Tue, 2008-01-08 02:16

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Blowing my trumpet

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2008-01-08 00:09

SOLOists arguing about the value of political activism may like to know that according to local bloggers, my blog NOT PC is now the fifth most popular blog in New Zealand.

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Thank you, sir. "But get — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2008-01-08 01:58
Seriously? — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2008-01-08 01:30
I've asked — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2008-01-08 01:22

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TFR78: The 'Democracy Rationing' edition

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2007-12-20 01:13


"Don’t Vote For Any MP, Any Party Or Any Candidate Who Supports The Electoral Finance Bill!"

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I'm happy to report that — by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2008-01-04 00:09
UPDATE: Digital TFR still not available ...:-( — by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2007-12-20 19:49
  Oh sorry, 'digital' — by Mark Hubbard on Thu, 2007-12-20 06:18

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No. 1 on Google

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2007-12-13 01:03

Think what must be the world's biggest emission of hot air at present. Then type into Google the words "IPCC Bali," and check out the top ranking site.

I'm sure you'll be as amused as I was.

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Well done PC! — by Motella on Tue, 2009-06-30 11:13
Way to go, PC!!!! — by Jameson on Thu, 2007-12-13 07:16
Excellent Peter — by Liz on Thu, 2007-12-13 06:03

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Dissenting scientists unwelcome at the Bali ball

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2007-12-12 21:29

Debate at the IPCC's 'Bali High' global warming talk-fest is being kept down by having dissenters kept out (a process all too familiar to observers of the Electoral Finance Bill, and of the methodology by which the IPCC's "consensus" is produced). Newspapers opposing the party line have been refused press credentials, and distinguished scientists from Africa, Australia, India, New Zealand, the UK and the US have been barred from presenting at panel discussions, side events, and exhibits, and also denied press credentials.


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Sense and non-sense from would-be world leaders

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2007-12-12 21:12

Two comments from two sources this morning for your comparison, one from a politician more braindead than normal, and the other from a very unlikely source showing more sense on the global warming charade than many so called science writers -- and far more sense than is coming out of Bali at present.

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Tolkien and Technology — by wngreen on Tue, 2007-12-18 03:38
I don't think having the Pope on the side... — by Marcus on Sat, 2007-12-15 06:20

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Husain: "Moderate muslims" need to "end the madness"?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2007-12-04 04:29

Yesterday's Herald had a piece by Ed Husain, culled from the Observer, that looks at exactly the same recent incidents around the Muslim world -- the floggings, the calls for execution -- and takes an almost identical position to the one I took in yesterday's post here, except that Husain calls on so called "moderate Muslims" to make a stand against Islamists to "end the madness."

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The Golden Age of Islam — by Richard Wiig on Thu, 2007-12-06 04:15
I watched those links — by Sandi on Thu, 2007-12-06 01:19
Good stuff, Peter... — by Jameson on Tue, 2007-12-04 13:39

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"No one lives who insults the prophet."

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2007-12-02 21:22

Peaceful Muslims are out on the streets again observes the New York Daily News:

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Also — by Matty Orchard on Tue, 2007-12-11 22:51
If you want to know what apostate means... — by Jameson on Tue, 2007-12-11 12:55
Oh for goodness sake! — by Melissa Lepley on Tue, 2007-12-11 11:42

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Comrade Trottersky lays bare the real EFB issues: It's about "class war," stupid.

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2007-11-23 00:35

Chris Trotter, who is on the record of being all in favour of "acceptable corruption," makes his derision at "the owning class" abundantly clear in a diatribe this morning against a libertarian opponent of the Clark/Peters/Dunne/Fitzsimons Bill to Gag Free Speech & Buy Elections.

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Of course. — by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2007-11-23 12:44
May I please... — by Mitch on Fri, 2007-11-23 09:23
thanks, — by 0 on Fri, 2007-11-23 06:02

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SOLO-NZ Op-Ed: The Litmus Test for NZ's "Social Justice" Activists

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2007-11-15 00:49

Presented with the opportunity to nail their colours to the mast and issue a ringing condemnation of violence -- to come out against taking up arms against "the white man"; against a wish that "bullets start going through people"; against any suggestion of "a bombing campaign that blew up Waihopai spy base, power dams, gas facilities, TV stations and radios" and a terror campaign so sudden and so brutal "they'll think it's al Qaeda" -- what do the advocates for global peace and social justice do instead?

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Scum ! — by gregster on Thu, 2007-11-15 22:38
No one can put this — by Sgt Barry Sadler AKA Timbo on Thu, 2007-11-15 08:51
Excellent article Peter — by Sandi on Thu, 2007-11-15 02:44

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Peace Activists?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2007-11-14 11:07

Label: Te Qaeda

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Wow. — by Matty Orchard on Thu, 2007-11-15 04:16
Export Gold actually tastes — by Lance on Thu, 2007-11-15 03:07
Excellent local alternatives — by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2007-11-15 02:20

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Setting race relations back one-hundred years?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2007-10-17 20:09

Pita Sharples has declared that Monday's "police raids" have "set race relations in New Zealand back one-hundred years."

He says that like it's a bad thing.

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excellent insight Mr. Cresswell! — by mvardoulis on Fri, 2007-10-19 23:39
Oh — by Elijah Lineberry on Fri, 2007-10-19 17:55
Elijah, it seems from your — by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2007-10-19 10:30

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Wealth, and why some places don't have it

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2007-10-14 20:04

Wealth. What is it? Where does it come from? Why are some people in some places wealthier than others? And why does New Zealand have to borrow so damn much in pursuit of it?

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An — by Elijah Lineberry on Sun, 2007-10-14 20:37

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SOLO-NZ OP-ED: Energy Strategy a Morgenthau Plan for the Modern Age

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2007-10-11 23:38

SOLO-NZ OP-ED: Energy Strategy a Morgenthau Plan for the Modern Age
by Peter Cresswell
October 12, 2007

Towards the end of the Second World War, Stalinist moles in the US State Department put together a document to permanently dismantle German industry and turn the defeated country into a pastoral backwater.

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Enviromentalist Pol Pot — by michael fasher on Sat, 2007-10-13 00:59
Elijah... — by Matty Orchard on Fri, 2007-10-12 07:20
Funnily — by Elijah Lineberry on Fri, 2007-10-12 04:42

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Explaining carbon 'cap-and-trade': "Welcome to the era of eco-enslavement"

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2007-10-01 20:16

IT'S SAID THAT THE government's cap-and-trade scheme is a market-based system.

What nonsense.

As you'll see when you understand the nature of the cap-and-trade system, it's a way to deliver socialism under the guise of the market.

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Listen to Pink Floyd horror!!! — by Marcus on Mon, 2007-10-01 22:24
Excellent exposition, Irishman — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2007-10-01 21:48

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On not giving up

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2007-09-20 00:18

Another reason why Sidney Poitier is one of my favourite actors:

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A — by Elijah Lineberry on Thu, 2007-09-20 06:53
Peter — by Liz on Thu, 2007-09-20 04:05

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'This is John Galt Speaking...'

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2007-09-20 00:16

This is a stunning presentation:

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Very nice — by 0 on Fri, 2007-09-21 02:44
Part 4 now online — by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2007-09-21 00:56
Aweinspiring — by Sandi on Thu, 2007-09-20 22:22

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'What would 'Party X' do about the environment?' - CONCLUSION: A Kyoto plan with a difference

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2007-09-20 00:12

Concluding this serialisation based on my 'Free Radical' article 'Environmental Judo' - seven environmental policies that a genuine opposition party could adopt if they were serious about spontaneously shrinking the state, without any new coercion along the way.

Today, the conclusion: a Kyoto Plan that makes the whole thing plain:


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What would 'Party X' do about the environment? - PART 6: A fishy story

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2007-09-18 21:24

Continuing this serialisation based on my 'Free Radical' article 'Environmental Judo' - seven environmental policies that a genuine opposition party could adopt if they were serious about spontaneously shrinking the state, without any new coercion along the way.

Today, de-politicising the oceans:

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Oh — by Elijah Lineberry on Tue, 2007-09-18 22:12
The former. — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2007-09-18 22:04
Fishing — by Elijah Lineberry on Tue, 2007-09-18 21:47

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Punishing success: It's not un-European

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2007-09-18 00:04

Some people see lots of other people buying stuff in large quantities and they think, "Hmm, people must want that." The Europeans see a company churning out products that people have been queuing up to buy and ask, "How can we put a stop to that?"

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"tfar...A sheep in sheeps clothing" — by HWH on Sun, 2007-09-23 02:56
All — by Elijah Lineberry on Sun, 2007-09-23 00:45
It's entirely rational ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2007-09-23 00:39

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What would 'Party X' do about the environment? - PART 5: A very special carbon tax

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2007-09-17 22:10

Continuing this serialisation based on my 'Free Radical' article 'Environmental Judo' - seven environmental policies that a genuine opposition party could adopt if they were serious about spontaneously shrinking the state, without any new coercion along the way.

Today, what I like to ironically my 'Carbon Tax Plan.''


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What would 'Party X' do about the environment? - PART 4: A Unique Privatisation

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2007-09-17 00:03

Continuing this serialisation based on my 'Free Radical' article 'Environmental Judo' - seven environmental policies that a genuine NZ opposition party could adopt if they were serious about spontaneously shrinking the state, without any new coercion along the way.

Today, a politically possible method of ending the tragedy of the commons

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I — by Elijah Lineberry on Mon, 2007-09-17 01:51
Judo — by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2007-09-17 01:01
How — by Elijah Lineberry on Mon, 2007-09-17 00:55

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Whatever happened to the "smokestack socialist"?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2007-09-13 23:56

I asked yesterday if readers could identify the author of this remarkably vigorous piece of prose in praise of human production:

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"Our Enemy is Capitalism" — by Sandi on Fri, 2007-09-14 00:12

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THE ENVIRONMENT: What would 'Party X' do? Part 2: 'A Nuisance and a BOR'

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2007-09-13 21:49

Continuing this serialisation based on my 'Free Radical' article 'Environmental Judo' - seven environmental policies that a genuine opposition party could adopt if they were serious about rolling back the state without any new coercion. This morning, two solutions for promoting property rights towards the heart of New Zealand life:


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THE ENVIRONMENT: What would 'Party X' do? Part 1: 'Un'-taxes

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2007-09-12 22:05

Continuing the serialisation of my 'Free Radical' article on 'Environmental Judo' - seven environmental policies that a genuine opposition party could adopt if they were serious about rolling back the state without any new coercion. (Part 1 is here.) This morning, Untaxes:

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If — by Elijah Lineberry on Wed, 2007-09-12 22:17

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Transitions to freedom: Shall we kill them in their beds?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2007-09-12 21:59

Two bakers are talking politics. "How do you roll back the state?" asks the first. "One roll at a time," answers the second.

A poor joke, but good advice.

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A — by Elijah Lineberry on Wed, 2007-09-12 22:44

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