Around the traps.

There are people who do very long posts full of videos that take all week. I don’t. I do these as I find them. Having said all that… the best summary of yesterday is here.

Time to boycott Stuff

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Stuff is the conglomerate of newspapers that were amalgamated by the Aussies and now have zero market value. This is from an Aussie, describing how our press are poodles.

A Prime Minister who tells voters she chose politics because it was a profession that “would make me feel I was making a difference”, and holds an absolute majority in the parliament’s only chamber, is an accident waiting to happen. An independent media should be the first responders in such circumstances, ready to erect barriers in the path of the Prime Minister, should she swerve across the line.

Yet the press pack are not merely on the bus, they are telling her how to drive it.

New Zealand’s small population and splendid isolation are part of the explanation for the enfeeblement of its media. Ardern’s sledgehammer response to the COVID-19 pandemic hastened the decline.

In May, Nine Entertainment let go of the newspapers it inherited from Fairfax, The Dominion Post, The Press and The Sunday Star-Times, for $1 to a company that goes by the name of Stuff. It seems like a bargain given the copy of the Post at the newsstand will set you back $2.90, hardly a vote of confidence in the future of NZ media.

Yet market size is only part of the explanation. It doesn’t explain why, for example, in a country split politically down the middle, 100 per cent of daily newspapers and virtually every TV and radio station stand proudly with Ardern…

I’ve given up on the NZ Herald, because it is now unreadable — and I used to read it cover to cover. But in those days the editorial was on one page of the paper, and there classified section was an inch thick on Saturday.

So Stuff has now decided to apologize as Virtue signaling, on behalf of us all. Time to boycott them.

I have never seen a more pathetic attempt at self-inflicted commiseration than that shown by Stuff. These people must have more time on their hands than they know what to do with. To troll through more than a century and a half of reporting on native affairs so you can create a situation tantamount to slitting your wrists in order to justify an apology beggars belief.

What is it with these people at Stuff? If this is the sort of thing that tickles their fancy they need to get a life. This sort of nonsense is just what the country doesn’t need. It’s another example of being carted back into the past so we can all once more confess our sins. This country must now collectively have to confess more sins than fifty years worth of weekly masses at the Catholic Church.

This sort of ridiculous carry on serves no benefit to the country; in fact, it is a disservice. We need to move on into the future as one people with the same goal in mind: progress and prosperity.

Our doofus PM

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Will commented a few days ago that our PM had decided to declare a climate emergency. Lovely words. Without any meaning. If you wanted to decarbonize and use less fossil fuel, you would keep the natural gas system going. Ardern has not. Instead she has decided that, along with Tourism, the gas-producing provinces of NZ can die.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called climate change her generation’s “nuclear-free moment” and will introduce the motion in Parliament this afternoon.

National Party leader Judith Collins told Morning Report the government has been big on talk and small on delivery.

“If it was really an emergency then it could’ve been done yesterday rather than today. We think it’s all very well to declare an emergency but there’s no proper plan in place as to how to deal with it and it’s not much more than a bit of virtue signing from the government.

“It can do harm and that harm is making people think that by declaring an emergency that something has happened when it hasn’t. It’s quite false and misleading to people.

“The misleading part is by thinking that just by declaring it, something is going to happen.”

“It’s quite false and misleading to people” – National Party leader Judith Collins
Collins said a better move would be committing again to the promise of turning the government’s fleet of cars to electric ones. The government only managed to add 135 electric vehicles to its fleet in its first 18 months in power in the previous term. At the time, then minister of transport Phil Twyford hit back at the criticism, saying they had achieved more in a shorter period than the National government.

But Collins said: “They’ve failed on all their own measures and promises so I just don’t think declaring an emergency is going to do much other than to give the government a free pass so they don’t have to do anything.”

On cutting emissions, she said they were opposed to a ban on new exploration for natural gas, because it was a cleaner burning for generating electricity than coal.

“We told the government at the time that when they banned exploration offshore for new natural gas, that they would end up having to use more coal, which they have had to use.”

I don’t see global warming coming. I see climate variation. I don’t trust political science, and neither should you. But I have always made sure I live at least 10m above sea level, because of flooding. Declaring a climate emergency can have consequences. And yes, I live well within 1 km of the sea.

Thousands of Dunedin homes could face soaring insurance premiums — or even having cover pulled altogether — within 15 years.

That is the stark warning from a major new report assessing how insurers might be forced to confront New Zealand’s increasing exposure to rising seas, prompting calls for stronger government action before it is too late.

Nationally, about 450,000 homes that currently sit within a kilometre of the coast are likely to be hit by a combination of sea-level rise and more frequent and intense storms under climate change.

The report, published through the Government-funded Deep South Challenge, looked at the risk for around 10,000 homes in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin that lie in one-in-100-year coastal flood zones.

In Dunedin 3100 such properties could see premiums leap from $1600 to $7600 and $7900, with 13cm and 14cm of sea-level rise respectively.

That risk is expected to increase quickly.

Let’s be a little more precise. A model suggests that there will increased risk from sea level rise. This can be tested. Look at photos with tide marks over a long period of time: some have been in place for centuries.

Other stuff

Stacy McCain reminds us that liberals won’t breed, and their justifications are always the fashion of the day. Raising kids mean you have to stop being a child, and most liberals don’t want to.

The Rancid Rainbow wants to ban anything Academic and Christian. Such as seminaries and colleges with morals standards. IF you do not procreate, you must manage to indoctrinate a new generation (who will then also remove themselves from the gene pool).

Always, always ask who the paymaster is. The problem is not Hunter Biden’s laptop. The problem is that it was accepted to sell political influenceto the Chinese.

Mindbleach

Mainly from Gab.

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Both of us think this one is cool.

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Heresolong
11 months ago

assessing how insurers might be forced to confront”

Did anyone ask the insurers whether they have plans to drop coverage? That might be a more accurate analysis.