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Random Note #176,594 — Sugar tax

I don’t think anything reveals the sclerotic, flabby thinking or just how lazy and incompetent the likes of the Obesity Policy Coalition, whoever they are, are than this latest clamour for the low hanging fruit of a sugar tax on soft drink. The problem is the sugar not only in soft drink, but more specifically in all processed food. The first thing to do when shopping is check the sugar content and keeping in mind that 4.2 grams equals 1 teaspoon of sugar, some of the sugar content in some foods is so outrageously shocking that’s it’s tantamount to poisoning the customer. Of course they get around this with a veneer of corporate responsibility by understating and fudging their recommended serving size. I mean who the hell eats the recommended serving size?

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First World faces a plague of complacency: Janet Albrechtsen — The Australian

Other First World problems are equally perilous. We are the generation that has no experience of living without basic freedoms. So we take them for granted and regularly curb them without understanding that we are chipping away at the core liberal project. The “cultural McCarthyism” that John Howard warned about in 1994 has taken hold. Freedom of speech is routinely curtailed in the name of not hurting someone’s feelings. Universities are cottonwool campuses that offer safe ­spaces and trigger warnings rather than robust intellectual learning —.We tend to assume the story of humanity is one of constant progress. But we should remember that after the Roman Empire collapsed, western Europe returned to the Dark Ages for 1000 years until the Renaissance. First World arrogance has led to the most diabolic First World problem of all: a deluded belief that we are immune from going backwards.

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Random Note #196,532 — Trump speech at the UN

Those career weasels reaching for their smelling salts at the UN who are shocked, horrified and offended by Trump’s unambiguous and unapologetic tough language concerning North Korea and Iran during his UN speech, need to be reminded that it wouldn’t have been necessary except for their uninspiring, obsequious and mealy mouth diplomacy and lack of action over many, many decades. It is their anaemic, velvet fist in a velvet glove that has allowed North Korea to become the world menace that it has. Like Obama with all his blather, bluster and bloviating about his red lines in Syria, it’s been just so much pathetic, shallow and meaningless rhetoric, leaving a mess for someone else to clean up

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Random Note #197,621 — Parliament House security fence

Would the 217 of the 226 politicians in Canberra who voted for the $126 million, security fence around the peoples house, please loudly identify what’s changed in recent times to warrant the installation of the 2.6 metre monstrosity? Would they name and specify what the fear is exactly, its origins and what government policy caused it?
Also noted is that they are on record on more than one occasion saying words to the effect that “we should go about our day and shouldn’t let the threat of terror change our way of life.”
Again, more meaningless and hollow rhetoric.

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Hanson’s ABC laws ‘won’t change a thing’ — The Australian

Hanson’s ABC laws ‘won’t change a thing’ — The Australian

Do you ever get the impression that you’ve dropped down an Alice in Wonderland, rabbit hole? That you’re somehow caught up in one of those whacky sideshow alley hall of mirrors? The world of the concave and the convex where nothing is as it should be? Where everything is stretched and distorted. (Like the ABC’s coverage on a range of issues)

So now we learn that legislation to make the ABC more fair and balanced, in fact won’t.

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Random Note #198,662 — Protests over NSW shark net rollout and The Greens casual, matter of fact lies– Sky News

Notice how the left and particularly the Greens casually say stuff, very matter of factly, that is just so outrageously wrong but they are hedging that the average person won’t question it and hopefully, mindlessly repeat the lie. Exhibit A:
“…Shark nets may make ocean goers feel better but the evidence shows they are no barrier to sharks…” “The evidence shows” eh?

Incoming inconvenient fact alert:
“..There has been one fatal shark attack between Newcastle and Wollongong since the nets were put in place in the 1930s..”

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So, what happens next? What could possibly go wrong?

“…advocates of same-sex marriage would be empowered, for example, to take legal action under 18C-style laws if they felt offended or ­insulted by those who publically defended the traditional definition of marriage. Those at risk would include priests, rabbis, imams and other religious leaders who publicly oppose same-sex marriage…”

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Dumping green folly will secure energy future — Chris Kenny

As to trusting politicians, it’s hard to think of even one of today’s problems which, if it weren’t created by them, they’ve not made significantly worse. From replacing the lowest ¬energy costs in the world with the world’s highest, from declining educational standards to the way the criminal justice system better protects the criminal than the victim, today’s politicians have hardly earned our confidence.

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