Friday avo ramble, 30 October
Here’s your Friday links. Print ‘em now to read ‘em over the weekend. :-)
- New Zealanders say "Green" is a "damaged brand"- and media saturation has led to "green fatigue." "I'd like not be made to feel guilty for making my life easier," says one.
Kiwis suffering 'green fatigue' [hat tip Motella]
- Check out these ten unusual playgrounds from around the world. The Takino Hillside Park in Hokkaido would be my fave.
- Schwarzenegger gets cryptic. You’d think when then California is bankrupt, it might be time for its governor to be more plain-speaking?
Gov. Schwarzenegger's Obscene Message
- Will nannying never cease? In the Western Bay of Plenty you can now no longer legally smoke outdoors.
Outdoor smoking ban stupid
- So will Auckland’s councils’ assets be privatised? Sadly not.
Lies on Auckland
- Auckland’s going to be privatised?
If only Phil Twyford were right
- With high unemployment, especially among youth, Unite Union wants to make it worse: March for a $15 / hour minimum wage they say? Might as well march for higher youth unemployment – since that’s what they’ll be doing.
March for a $15 / hour minimum wage in Auckland tomorrow night and Generation Sloth.
- There’s still Maximum Confusion over Minimum Wages. Here’s your corrective:
Maximum Confusion over Minimum Wages
- Time to rethink superannuation, says Treasury? What about that much bigger drain on taxpayers, says Lindsay Mitchell, the ever-growing DPB?
Treasury: DPB growth about "Young women having children"
- Here’s the information you need for the weekend:
An Analysis of Preschool "Poo" Humor [hat tip Rational Jenn]
- A short primer for people who still don’t understand how the choices of free people achieve a spontaneous order.
How the Free Market Works
- You’re still hearing from alleged economists that a worldwide fall in credit will lead to worldwide deflation. Frank Shostak averts your fears
Does a Fall in Credit Lead to Deflation?
- Gallup has done a survey in the US that should scare the ObamaMessiah followers and the GOP-mongers both.
Libertarians at an all time high and I don't mean drugs.
- It's “High Noon” for America’s First Amendment, and the ObaMessiah means business.
“High Noon” for the First Amendment
- Mainstream intellectuals and the mainstream media never miss a chance to smear Ayn Rand, and with two new biographies they’ve never had more opportunity.
The Mainstream Smearing of Ayn Rand
- What more proof do you need?
Qaddafi Endorses Obama - Surely, Proof Enough?
- What are the principles of a free society? Learn about them and declare your support!
Principles of a Free Society
- Thomas Sowell issues a stern warning: Look at Obama's Federal Government Circus that’s about to come down your pike.
The Federal Government Circus coming to your town soon
- Here’s the lates candidate for this year’s Darwin Awards:
Man dies stealing "electrical wiring from a high voltage electrical box
- Nick Smith is a pile of shit. No, look, that's precisely true. :-)
A manure sculpture of Nick Smith
- Is the obsession with climate change turning out to be the most costly scientific delusion in history? For just six hours UK MPs debated shutting down around 80% of the UK's industrialised economy, then they all queued up to vote for it.
The real climate change catastrophe
- Two Rand biographies . . . & the smear jobs continue. http://www.nytimes.com/2009... (I have to ask, f they had real criticisms then why would they have to make so much stuff up?)
- From the Counter-Productive-Advertising files: So if supermodels take off their clothes when the temperature rises, shouldn’t we hope for more global warming. Threatening us with a future of supermodels getting naked is hardly going to scare anyone into buying a Prius.
Thought for the day, from the Vodka Pundit:
“Too late for coffee. Too early for a cocktail. There is nothing worse than exactly 3:43PM.”
- Crikey, sane economics on Chris Laidlaw's RadioNZ show! Listen to Anton Fekete talking to Chris about gold & fiat money.
- Diana Hsieh on Rationally Selfish Radio continues exploring Atlas Shrugged. She’s now up to
Episode #19: Explore Atlas Shrugged, Session 4
- From its inception, NZ's ACC projects was nothing but a flawed pyramid scheme. Why be surprised now?
Roger Douglas damns Nats on ACC
- Why Objectivism is fundamentally incompatible with belief in the supernatural. Watch on ARC-TV:
Objectivism and the Supernatural
- They made the same mistakes in the First Great Depression, you know.
Tom Woods: How Former Presidents Revived The Economy. Or not.
- While everyone bashes Brian, there’s a worldwide Big-Church Merger going on. Woman-fearing, gay-hating old Anglicans have been told they have a natural home in the bosom of the Catholic Church. The tea-drinking arm of the Anglican church professes to be unworried.
A merger in the offing for Big Church?
- Milton Friedman explains why drug use should be legalised -- and why prohibition doesn't and can't work.
- Uniike most other countries, Holland is closing jails instead of opening them. How? Simple They've ended the War on Drugs. Someone tell the Treasury:
Netherlands to Close Prisons: Not Enough Criminals
- Tales from Money & Banking History: 5 yrs from paper money to hyperinflation to guillotining businessmen. Sobering stuff.
Tales from the History of Money and Banking, Part II
- The “new RMA” is now online. Go and have a look at just how little has actually changed. Part II still takes away your property rights (as I’ve explained on page four of this handout), the rest of the RMA just explains how they’re taken away.
Resource Management Act 1991 - Reprint as at 1 October 2009
That’s all your links for today. But don’t forget tomorrow's beer-tasting at The Castle & Galbraith's, starting at The Castle around 2:30. ? For details, and to find out what to bring, email organon AT ihug.co.nz with LIGHT BEER or DARK BEER in title for details.
And finally, since I’ve been enjoying my old Phil Manzanera albums again (Galt, he’s good) here’s Phil playing ‘Leyenda’ while women dance the Paso Doble around him. Lucky man: