Monday, July 11, 2005

Some of this week's best at Not PC

The last few days of posts here at Not PC have been mainly taken up with commentary on the London atrocities, and I should point out that Scoop and SOLO both have my column 'We are all Londoners today,' compiled largely from Friday morning's postings. Feel free to comment either here or at SOLO.

So here's the best of the week, plus art, comedy and music at the all-singing all-dancing Not PC:

Commentary on London:

Condemning a culture...
http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/07/condemning-culture.html
Responding to atrocity...
http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/07/responding-to-atrocity.html
One of those that caused it...
http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/07/one-of-those-that-caused-it.html
Business as usual...
http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/07/business-as-usual.html
We are all Londoners today...
http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/07/we-are-all-londoners-today.html
Bastards bomb the west again!
http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/07/bastards-bomb-west-again.html


Other posts:

July 4th: Celebrating revolution
On July 4th, Mark Steyn reminds us that criticisms of the US for being 'unilateralist' are ever so slightly amusing when you realise that a position of 'unilateralism' is simply a euphemism for one of 'independence,' the concept for which the July 4 celebration is putatively held. Why not abolish the holiday altogether, wonders Tibor Machan. A nation born in liberty now subjects itself to the very tyrannies and usurpations against which it once revolted...
http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/07/july-4th-celebrating-revolution.html

Property-siezing the beginning of Sovietisation?
Further commentary here from economist Richard Salsman on the Kelo et al v City of New London decision evicting people from their Connecticut homes to make way for a shopping mall...
http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/07/property-siezing-beginning-of.html

First Heat
'First Heat,' by Brian Larsen. One of the few great works of art celebrating industry...
http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/07/first-heat.html

A Saturday morning ramble: How do you judge success?
I was chatting with a friend over breakfast when Hello Sailor's 'Gutter Black' came on the radio. (Seems it's being used for a new local TV series, so there'll be a few well-deserved royalties going Dave McArtney's way.) My friend commented that he'd never heard the song before, which seemed incredible to me; that song, I said, was what turned me on to music...
http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/07/saturday-morning-ramble-how-do-you.html

Lifting your spirits
On such a day as this, what can you do to lift your spirits without forgetting the atrocities of last night?I recommend music, especially music that represents the best of the culture that is presently under attack. Listening to the best of the west is almost like an act of defiance, a reminder that this is what we're defending against the nihilists....
http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/07/lifting-your-spirits.html

Who is looking where?
So who exactly is the blogger 'Looking in NZ'? Well, here's a clue: My post two below this one on Peron's problems is almost exactly the same as the comment I posted on the comments board of 'Looking in NZ's apologia for Jim Peron, which just been removed. Is that a clue?
http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/07/who-is-looking-where.html

More liberty at the movies
Now for some more uplifting material. David Boaz has posted his personal list of his all-time favourite libertarian-themed movies here, to which I'd add at least three more...
http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/07/more-liberty-at-movies.html

Peron's problems are of his own making
Some bloggers have been feeling sympathy for the difficulties in which Jim Peron now finds himself. I'm not one of them.'Looking in NZ' has said a lot about Peron’s problems, about which he seems to know an unusual amount, but hasn't once mentioned the elephant in the middle of the room that’s the direct cause of those problems...
http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/07/perons-problems-are-of-his-own-making.html

Architect goes into liquidation
Aaron gave me the news that Auckland architect Richard Priest Architects Ltd have gone into liquidation. I don't know the sad details, but I'm not surprised since Richard was architect for one of the 'poster boy' projects of leaky homes...
http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/07/architect-goes-into-liquidation.html

Straight talk & spin
Helen Clark comes up with the straight talk on stoning, and Russell Brown with the spin...
http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/07/straight-talk-spin.html

Anti-capitalism in Edinburgh
Freedom and Whiskey is a libertarian from Edinburgh with pics and comments on the anti-capitalist nutters currently infesting his fair city...
http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/07/anti-capitalism-in-edinburgh.html

Mugabe begins confiscating guns ... what's next?
Robert Mugabe has begun confiscating guns. Why do you think that would be?
http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/07/mugabe-begins-confiscating-guns-whats.html

Stoning Ashraf Choudhary
The idiotic pronouncement by Labour MP Ashraf Choudhary that stoning gays and adulters is okay because it is in the Koran and "what the Koran says is correct" demonstrates once again that all cultures are not equal, and Islamic culture perhaps least equal than most...
http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/07/stoning-ashraf-choudhary.html

Meddling arseholes highlight system of a downer
Just as Shania Twain finally receives permission to build a house on her own land, news comes in that Serj Tankian (pictured right) "the singer of American band System of a Down has failed in his bid to buy a west coast beach property...
http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/07/meddling-arseholes-highlight-system-of.html

More Aid, Less Growth
Aid kills growth, that's the message of a report by the Globalization Institute.
http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/07/more-aid-less-growth.html

Compromisers and meddlers destroy Costa Rica's libertarians
Sad news from Costa Rica about the parliamentary libertarians there, who have apparently gone native. Former activist Jorge Codina reports that the Moviemento Libertario (ML) is no longer a movement, nor any longer libertarian...
http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/07/compromisers-and-meddlers-destroy.html

What do consent figures tell us about the property boom?
The number of Building Consent applications for new homes has plummeted (Bob Dey has figures here), prompting some speculation that the property boom is turning south...
http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/07/what-do-consent-figures-tell-us-about.html

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