Friday, 9 December 2005

The very best of this week's 'Not PC'

Here's just some of the scintilating, sparkling and occasionally excoriating writing you've missed at 'Not PC' this week by not tuning in as regularly as you should. Don't let it happen again!

Freezing their globes off in Montreal - when warming meets cooling
If you've been wondering why the UN's Montreal mega-conference on Global Warming has received little coverage -- "what f'ing conference?" I hear you cry -- Rex Murphy has the answer. "Probably because of the cold weather," he says half seriously...
Thu, Dec 8, 2005

A public health guide for blokes:
Christmas parties, Christmas gifts, Christmas holidays -- all have their attendant dangers for the average bloke. For instance, you can lose a girl's interest in just ten seconds at that Christmas party if you say the wrong thing. Fortunately, Lauren Weiss tells you what not to say. If you're successful at this hurdle and you're still seeing her over Christmas...
Thu, Dec 8, 2005

Questions, rhetorical & otherwise, about Reserve Bank meddling
In just under an hour, Alan Bollard will announce the Reserve Bank's new Official Cash Rate. Am I the only one who wonders why the announcement of a bureaucrat should be listened to with so much interest? Why should he have so much power? And why...
Thu, Dec 8

Wananga, waste, and voucher failure
The report on Rongo Wetere's Te Wananga o Aotearoa is rife with stories of profligacy and nepotism, of first class air travel, million dollar contracts to family members, and tales of money wasted on failed IT projects. 'Shocking,' declare all the usual suspects. 'Outrageous.' ACT leader Rodney Hide told NZPA that Mr Shirley had been vindicated. 'The wananga was out of control...
Wed, Dec 7

Showing what God made
Some attractive young German church-goers have put together a calendar showing rather more of God's creation than young church-goers are normally known to show...
Wed, Dec 7

Scalping U2
Leaving aside that, in my view, people who like U2 deserve to be taken for a financial ride just as far as their musical taste has been, we have here a promoter - who you would think would have at least a modicum of financial sense - bleating about people re-selling their tickets, poor lamb, and whinging that the asking price for some is 'beyond their fair value.' The poor lamb is economically illiterate, and he doesn't understand a good thing when he sees it...
Tue, Dec 6

Depoliticise Creationism!
All the political arguments about Intelligent Design, and about how much teachers are paid and what their hours should be -- on all these issues Tibor Machan makes short and perfect sense...
Tue, Dec 6

Having a whack
A textbook anti-Rand smear job has appeared at 'New West' that's worth a read just for the many sober responses. Here's a sample...
Tue, Dec 6

Unions v children
Kindergarten teacher strikes in NZ raise again the question of what teacher unions actually bring to the table...
Mon, Dec 5

Game Theory - "it's a bust"
Martin Kihn, the author of House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time, has been investigating Game Theory, and guess what...
Sun, Dec 4

Tracking down the nutbars
Do yourself a favour and discover David Horowitz's current project: to help you 'track down all the Ward Churchills on campus' and all the networks of all the US nutbar activists that are fit to print. Horowitz, described as “the left’s most brilliant and articulate nemesis...
Sat, Dec 3

Murder by state okay?
[Cartoon by Nick Kim, courtesy of 'The Free Radical.'] The execution yesterday of twenty-five year-old Australian drug smuggler Van Nguyen by the Singaporean state has re-opened the debate on capital punishment...
Sat, Dec 3

Free Radical #69. " Best yet."

I've been devouring my new copy of the 'Free Radical' since it arrived in my letterbox, and I have just two words to describe it. Wow. Twice...
Sat, Dec 3

SOLO Passion!'
Lindsay Perigo has a new project -- well, you might say a re-existing project. SOLOHQ has morphed into SOLO Passion...
Fri, Dec 2

A fairy tale of a leaky house or two
NZ HERALD: A multimillion-dollar claim against the former Building Industry Authority (BIA) over an Auckland apartment complex with leaky building syndrome [picture right] has been struck out by the Court of Appeal...
Fri, Dec 2

Architect v Bureaucrats
A Seattle architect recounts his battles with his local bureaucrats when trying to deposit permit applications...
Fri, Dec 2

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