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The Curse of Good Intentions — Matt Ridley, The Rational Optimist Blog

It was Milton Friedman who said “one of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programmes by their intentions rather than their results” — The Paris climate accord is one big virtue-signalling prayer, whose promises, if implemented, would make a difference in the temperature of the atmosphere in 2100 so small it is practically within the measuring error. But it’s the thought that counts

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Julia Gillard looking through the wrong end of the telescope (again)

From Sunday night Oct 15th — “…Instead of understanding that the election of Trump and the Brexit vote were in response to a collapse of faith in the political class, she, again is looking through the wrong end of the telescope and believes that the anxiety people may feel is in fact caused by Trump and Brexit and things like spiralling electricity bills —- Ideally I think what Gillard and many others would like to do is follow the idea of the German writer Bertolt Brecht, who, after the East Berlin rising in 1953 made the ironic observation that the Communist regime should dismiss the people and appoint a new one.

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Confecting, curating and redefining racism and Tim Soutphommasane

A number of people have asked that I post my editorials for the few weeks I’m filling in with Lyle Shelton for Kel Richards on Sunday nights between 9 and midnight on 2CH 1170 — This one on Tim Soutphommasane and his “casual racism” is from Sunday Oct 15
“..He’s now trying to expand and redefine its meaning by referring to “casual racism” and of course with this new and improved version it’ll be an opportunity to attract new customers (victims) who didn’t even know they had a problem in the first place and it gives him further opportunity and reason to justify his job. To these professional chip on the shoulder, grievance mongers of the outrage industry, racism is a product and the new “casual racism” is just another turbo charged version not dissimilar to the upgrades in your IPhone. And five will get you ten they’ll come up with even more new, improved and innovative ways for you take offence and feel aggrieved.

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Westpac spraying around bogus SSM suicide statistics

This suicide statistic of 3000 like so much else in this campaign, is totally bogus and 100% fake news. It is simply emotional blackmail. Where is the similar outpouring of concern and grief from Westpac and their staff for small business doing it tough. What about farmers in drought and who can’t get any kind of debt relief on their circumstances and go up to the back paddock and never come home.

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A letter to America — Government of the people, by the NRA, for the NRA

Abraham Lincoln memorialised the sacrifices and virtues of the dead in the Gettysburg address to ensure the survival of America’s representative democracy: that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth..” To an outsider from down under it seems quite apparent that this noble sentiment has been hijacked and Lincoln’s sentiments are in need of a rewrite:
“..Government of the people, by the NRA, for the NRA..”

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Is The Enlightenment Dimming? — Matt Ridley

The no-platforming, safe-space, trigger-warning culture is no longer confined to academia, or to America, but lies behind the judgmentalism of many social media campaigns. Every writer I know feels that he or she is one remark away from disgrace. The enforcement of dogma is happening everywhere. Members of a transgender campaign group have refused to condemn an activist for punching a feminist. Anybody questioning the idea that climate change is an imminent catastrophe, however gently, is quickly labelled a “denier” (ie, blasphemer). How bad is this spasm of intolerance going to get?

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Ever wondered what Safe Schools is all about? Gender fluidity? Or being raised without gender? — This is child abuse

This is compelling viewing. Note at the beginning the first words are “Sweden is the most forward thinking country in the world when it comes to questioning gender” Forward?? This is child abuse and this is Sweden in 2017 and a look into the future. If you ever wondered about the point of Safe Schools, what it’s all about and where it’s headed, this will point the way. When the history books are written, the historians will wonder, just as we do with previous civilisations, how the West ever allowed this stuff, driven by a Marxist minority, to take root? TS Eliot wrote in The Hollow Men, “This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.” In this case the emphasis is on “whimp” Without doubt, combined with the current de-industrialisation, let it rip multiculturalism, extreme environmentalism, the culture wars and identity politics, the Left has discovered the most effective way to (literally) neuter the West.

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