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It appears that the Skeptics are at it again. The high church of Atheism reports, correctly, that that transhuman project is as doomed as cryogenics. But they have no understanding of the spiritual.


Of persistent attempts to freeze human bodies for potential later long-term reanimation, Dr Shermer said “I’m not recommending it – it doesn’t work”.
A currently more popular view was that of “mind-uploaders”, who believed all of a person’s vital data, including memories and perhaps genetic information, could eventually be “uploaded to the cloud” and stored forever.
Dr Shermer said the “really scary large” amount of information required was impossible to be gathered and stored.
Other limitations also meant the unique features of each person could not be captured in this way.
He took a more practical view of immortality, and favoured living well for a good lifespan.
“Don’t worry about 500 years, just get to 100 with a healthy life,” he said.
During a vibrant question and answer session, he took issue with reported sightings of ghosts in English castles, and said “they never go to 7-Eleven” convenience stores.
Old buildings tended to creak and move about a great deal, and imperfections in older generations of video cameras tended to generate some ghost-like images at times, he said.
Dr Shermer founded The Skeptics Society, and is editor-in-chief of its magazine Skeptic.

John Gibb, Otago Daily Times.

Chris Trotter talks about the professional and managerial class (PMC — a good term) trying to tax the tradesmen. The comments suggest that he is hitting a raw nerve: and as a reformed person with credentials I see the stench of secular puritans. Tradesmen do it hard in NZ. The credentials get salaries.


The impressively credentialled members of the PMC, large numbers of whom are employed by the state, turn up for work every day and are paid every fortnight. All the necessary deductions for tax and ACC have been taken care of by their employer. If they’re teachers, nurses, social-workers, or just plain, common-or-garden civil servants, there’s a very high probability they’ll be members of a union. Regular pay-rises and improved working conditions are expected – and delivered.


Life for the small business owner is very different. In addition to plying their trade and/or providing their service, they are saddled with a great many other responsibilities. They have to take care of their own tax payments – as well as the tax payments of any staff they may employ. Then there’s Kiwisaver and ACC payments to sort out. They must conform to the provisions of OSH legislation and deal with the infernal complexities of the RMA. For many, being able to pay their bills depends upon other people paying theirs – and getting some debtors to cough-up can be a nightmare.


So, Guyon is right. Not all income is made the same. Which is why not all income is taxed the same.


Which leaves the PMC with a problem. They are only too aware of the need for increased government spending on health, housing, education and the environment. After all, so many of their jobs are about providing these public goods. On the other hand, they have a lifestyle to maintain; overseas trips to pay for; kids to finance into university and home ownership. Yes, their salaries may be large – but they’re fully extended. They are not keen on paying higher income tax. Not keen at all.


It might not be so bad if all these tradies; these restaurateurs; these independent contractors were caring and responsible citizens. But dammit! What’s with all these monster SUVs? Haven’t they heard of global warming? And the things they say! Honestly, it borders on hate speech. Sexists, racists, homophobes: the whole kit and kaboodle. To call them “deplorables” would be to seriously understate the problem. And then they get to retire with a cool million bucks – tax-free.


No bloody way!

CHRIS Trotter, Bowalley Road.

Not just in NZ. The same idiocy is occuring among the woke everywhere, and everyhere they are ruining everything. There needs to be a party for the workers and tradesmen. it used to be Labour or the Democrats. But that is not radical enough. Instead, image matters more than substance, and the parties ar run by people who make the three stooges look lie Nobel Laureates.

No, these three are artisanal Democrats, designed to appeal only to a select few elitists on college campuses or living in big blue cities on the coasts (By the way, be sure to welcome your new illegal alien arrivals thanks to the Trump administration – remember, these undocumented workers will make your cities stronger, better places n’ stuff!). They are bespoke leftists, perfectly curated to achieve Peak Wokeness.

They are the wave of the future, or at least of the 12 years we have left before the world ends in a climactic climate change catastrophe because selfish monsters like you won’t give up your Jeep Cherokees and Big Macs.
Now, most of the zillion Dems running for the chance to get shellacked by Trump in two years are not particularly bright, but they do have some level of animal cunning and they have got to see that the stupidity that gets the goatee gang slapping their paws in Brooklyn is going to play poorly in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and the parts of Minnesota that aren’t Mogadishu. But the candidates have a problem, because they don’t dare go against the real party leadership. Cross one of them and you’ll draw down the shrill, up-talking wrath of Rep. Shemp or Congresswoman Curley.

Kurt Schlicthler

The woke will destroy: from Disney, where they ruined Star Wars and Marvel moies, to politics, to the academic fields. They need to be avoided, shunned, and not encouraged. For the people do vote: with their money, attention and ballots. May that suffice.

There are other alternatives, and they are too bloody to contemplate.