Saturday, 7 November 2009

Weekend ramble

Here’s your weekend ramble round the best liberty links on the ‘net. {As always, you get them first at my Twitter page.]

  • Here’s yet another "success" for advocates of “youth rates” and minimum wage laws to cheer about: New Zealand's youth unemployment rate is now 25.1%
    And the number of working age New Zealanders now collecting a “main benefit” was 274,605 in November last year, 323,160 in August this year – which was just over 7% of the country’s entire population - & will be up even more this quarter.  (Can’t wait for those figures.)  And this doesn’t count those on Welfare for Working Families.
    No wonder the country’s broke.
  • Meanhile, do you want to see why Rodney Hide's dip into your pocket cost you so much? How do you spell Hawaiian holiday for two?
  • Fort Hood shooter says "Muslims have to stand up against the aggressor." Yeah, right.
  • Matthew Hooton explains that property rights in the Foreshore and Seabed have to be recognised. Yes, that Matthew Hooton! Good writing. Great arguments. Some of them even sound familiar...
  • New book recommended to me for parents: 'Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief'
  • Red State Democrats Read The Election Returns [hat tip Noodle Food] [That's good news!]
  • Yaron Brook on Religion and the Rise of Capitalism.  How did capitalism arise in places with Christian ethics? Answer: It’s a miracle!
  • Cato Institute explains about the double standard on Nazism and Communism: Why, for instance, do  you rarely hear about the atrocities of Soviet communism?
  • 'My Thirty Years With AynRand' - Leonard Peikoff does better Rand biography than any of the current crop of blowhards. And offers an insight into induction . . .
    Listen here:
  • Rodney Hide the Hypocrite - you know it.
  • It's official: Warmism is a religion, says British court.
  • Praying Won't Make It So:...
  • Welcome to the November 5th, 2009 edition of the Objectivist Blog Roundup..
  • Monday marks 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. From 1961 to 1989 the Wall was THE symbol of the tyranny of the totalitarian state.
  • Oklahoma plans to build “a Christian prison” ... which doesn’t mean quite what it sounds. Sadly,. it means a prison to be administered by Christians, which gives Christian criminals special privileges.
  • Lindsay Mitchell is a "bullshit troll," apparently.

Here’s Phil Manzanera:

"The main political problem is how to prevent the police power from becoming tyrannical. This is the meaning of all the struggles for liberty.”
- Ludwig Von Mises

  • That’s today’s National Party for you: Tough on crime, tough on the rights of the innocent.
  • Even The Standard’s bloggers understand: “We are continuing our chilling progress towards a surveillance state.”
    Guilty until proven innocent
  • The Wall Street Journal looks at fears of new bubbles as more and more of governments’ "Counterfeit Capital" keeps pouring Into markets . . .
  • A sad day for democracy & liberty - a sad day for Europe – and a sad day for Vaclav Klaus, as Czech courts force him to sign up to the EU’s Lisbon Treaty.
  • Take the Harvard University "raaaaacism" test. On such "research" as this are great theories made, apparently. [Hat tip Tim Blair]
  • Ridiculous “RAAACISM” charge o' the day. AFLCIO suffers delusions after seeing Chamber of Commerce ad.
  • Want to buy an "eco car"? Then it's a Holden performance ute with a 6.2-litre V8 engine you'll be wanting, buster.
  • One of my houses featured in this month's Waikato Times’ 'House & Lifestyle' magazine. [PDF]
    Naturally, the designer is not mentioned. . .
  • Google Maps’ mashup of threatened or arrested bloggers around the world:
  • Whale Oil has been chasing up another example of bureaucratic oxygen theft: Te Reo Marama and the Maori Smoking crowd. This is Troughing 102
  • This is neat: A three-part chapter-by-chapter discussion of AtlasShrugged by the Ayn Rand Center’s Dr. Onkar Ghate (Caution: Plot Spoilers)
  • Here’s a History Fun Fact courtesy of the Cato Institute: Ayn Rand Liked Education Tax Credits:
  • Here’s a quote to contemplate: 'To feed a starving child is to exacerbate the world population problem.'- Lamont Cole, environmentalist. Nice people, these environmentalists.
  • Lindsay Mitchell talks to Paul Henry about National's timid plans to limit welfare spending.
  • Support for Obama's climate policies is waning . . . for now.
  • The "recovery in risky assets" is looking like another Fed-driven bubble, says Nouriel Roubini.  We’re looking at the toxic assets of tomorrow.
  • "If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the morning ..." – here’s the perfect gift for a Green, this Christmas.
  • Dealers say federal clunkers program has made cheap, used vehicles harder to find. Who would ‘a thunk it, eh?

Here’s more Phil Manzanera (damn, he’s good):


“Remember remember the fifth of November. And its lessons: it takes more than a few kegs of gunpowder to beat govt.”
- Brad Taylor

  • From the almost-Darwin-Awards file: "Man dressed as a Breathalyzer for Halloween is arrested for DUI"
  • THEN: “News is what they don’t want you to hear.” NOW: “News is what the hack receives in a press release."
  • Is “deflation” beginning? "You should not be afraid of deflation. You should be afraid of policies attempting to fight it."
  • Insight from The Onion: BREAKING NEWS: Afghan Presidential Election Winner Hamid Karzai Receives Consolatory Phone Call From White House.
  • Cato Institute reflects on Communism: Twenty Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall
  • DRUG WAR: Republican Jessica Corry argues for legal marijuana on Fox.
  • While the Nats just tinker with our welfare burden, we need to wonder: what is their ultimate goal for welfarism in NZ? DO they even have one?
  • "A slew of Ayn Rand links" here courtesy of Marginal Revolution:
  • Numbers on NZ Invalids Benefit [a place to hide the growing unemployed] have been increasing well above the rate of population growth.
  • Put me on the list of people who are NOT fans of Middlemore Hospital.
  • My name is Peter, and I'm a busybody.
  • Two pages you need to read: The fact prices are stable or rising in some sectors, indicates that inflation is already spreading across the economy.
  • Hallensteins defends having a murderer depicted on their clothing.
  • Some of the country’s most highly-paid beneficiaries make their case for your support.

Here’s Kevin Ayers.  Not bad for a hippy.


“Asset confiscation, suspension of the right to silence, and wider search and surveillance powers for a huge range of government departments.
Must be a Tory government, eh?”
- The Dim Post

And finally, a short poem by philosopher Stephen Hicks to take away with you tonight

A 3am Poem, After a Midnight Snack
Burrito. Mistake.
Now stomach ache.


Enjoy your weekend!


  1. Peter, I'd love to know what you have to say about this story:

    And in particular, this quote:

    "Commissioner Joris de Bres says unlike students wearing Nazi uniforms or schoolboys bowing to a swastika Mr Harawira's comments are not a breach of the Human Rights Act, because he is entitled to freedom of expression."

  2. Ah, different standards for different colours. Don't you love it! It was called apartheid in another country ...

    A bold PM would dismiss de Bres for that breathtaking hypocrisy. Let's see what happens.

  3. @Nick: Joris De Bres is a Marxist, so all his "analysis" depends on which "class" you're in.

    That's nuts, but by "class analysis" therefore Hone is a comrade, and rich white Grammar boys aren't. That's about as far as you can take Mr De Bres.

  4. Oi Peter, as chance would have it I ordered the re-mastered '801 Live' album off Galaxy Records last week.



  5. Love the fishing license one!


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