Friday, 5 December 2008

The week at NOT PC, to Dec 5th

A blogging week here that started with ongoing reactions to the atrocity in Mumbai, and continued through Keynes, cash rates, carbon-trading and assorted other crap. 

It could be easy to forget that defending the good life means living it sometimes – and that describes my week outside the blog.  Met with an enlightened client at the Hallertau Brewpub Tuesday afternoon; had a gorgeous drive up north in my MG to look at the client's site; arrived home last night to find bottles of Schofferhoffer and Renaissance Stonecutter in my fridge donated by a grateful blog reader.  So life does has its recompenses.  :-)

And in between all that, here’s what readers were enjoying here at NOT PC:

  1. Mumbai, Muslims & Me
    Most read post this week was by Sus, and no wonder.  She knows how to nail her point: “Most of us know that all Muslims aren’t terrorists, thanks. Most of us aren’t altogether stupid. But the cold, hard truth is that while not all Muslims are terrorists – all terrorists right now would appear to be Muslim.”  It’s a reality that can’t be faked.
  2. Warmists need Christmas gifts too
    Who would have thought a simple Xmas offering for your warmist friends would prove so … controversial.
  3. Mumbai mass murder
    What do we know about the Mumbai terrorists?  Only this: they have no serious concrete demands; they love death as we love life; and the reason they kill: they are Muslim.  All hail the “religion of peace.”
  4. As-Salaamu Alaykum Me Hearties!
    Bernard Darnton takes on the new breed of pirates as only he and Thomas Jefferson (and PJ O’Rourke) can do.
  5. Lunatics (still) in charge of the economic asylums
    Global financial markets are crashing, with the impact only momentarily softened through massive injections of artificial money.  But how about us here in little old New Zealand?  No worries:  News just in from Pollyanna says we’re all going to be just dandy.
  6. RMA to be reviewed to promote easier theft-by-government
    Yes, the RMA will be ‘reviewed’ all right: Reviewed to 'look at how companies win the right to take private land.  This is what you voted for, and this is what you’re going to get.  And you’ll get it good and hard.
  7. Monckton to Obama: “Few challenges facing America and the world are less urgent than combating the non-problem of ‘global warming’”
    How spending a vast amount of money in tax to try to solve a problem that doesn’t actually exist* is not something worth believing in. (And keep an eye out for Monckton’s devastating Open Letter to John Key, only in your summer ‘Free Radical’!  You heard it here first…)
  8. What a lot of whingers!
    Write the obituary for Kiwi ingenuity. Bury the number 8 wire.  NZers’ reputation for resilience and self-reliance has now been well and truly buried – buried under a mountain of whinging that “the gummint isn’t doing enough” to repair holidaymakers' tattered Thai travel plans. 

So a good week for readers and writers then, despite some of the most appalling news.  Hope you had a good week too.


PS: Don’t forget to check out this week’s Objectivist blog roundup, and there’s good stuff too in the stuffily named but otherwise sound Foundation for Economic Growth newsletter out today.  Enjoy!


  1. Ha ha Peter, was thinking the same thing earlier that the Foundation for Economic Growth chappies have surpassed themselves this week with the best newsletter for a couple of months!

  2. the drunken watchman6 Dec 2008, 21:17:00

    'Schofferhoffer and Rennaissance Stonecutter' - that sounds to me like a couple of drunk cross-cutters in Putaruru trying to prononce 'Waikato'


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