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And the left’s head just keeps on exploding — “…Donald Trump is a master of controlling the conversation. Every time people think of Elizabeth Warren now, they will think of her lying to get a job, (pretending to be of American Indian heritage) and every time someone mentions Wolff’s book, people are now going to associate Donald Trump with “very stable genius…”read more
Once in opposition, it is not clear if the Liberal Party would continue to exist. The fracture lines, as yet largely untested by rival factions, could well see a full-blown splintering, with those of deeply held conservative principles, those committed to small government, decamping to Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives or new parties of their own devising.read more
Sometime back the estimable James Delingpole of The Spectator and Breitbart News lamented that while the various forces of the Left fully comprehended they are fighting a war, the various forces on the right do not. Never were truer words spoken. What, then, are these wars? There are many, many battles and many fronts, but few theatres. By my reckoning there are six key wars, all of which must be identified, understood and, most of all, fought.read more
To The Greens it’s all about image, about striking a pose and strutting their conceit and smug, moral narcissism in an endeavour to seek relevance with their base. There is not one aboriginal person alive today that has been dispossessed of anything. Not a single one. In fact they have been the beneficiaries of taxpayer largesse to the extent of the Closing the Gap budget of $33.4 billion a year. There is still a long way to go but the generosity and intent is the exact opposite of the image that Di Natalie is trying to convey.read more
Random Note — A mean, nasty, authoritarian and bullying streak. The thread between climate change and sexual abuse
It seems to me that there is a common, mean, nasty, authoritarian and bullying streak running between climate change and the underlying message of the #metoo campaignstasread more
Around 60% of the global population – 4.5 billion people – have either no toilet at home or one that doesn’t safely manage excreta.
-862 million people worldwide still practice open defecation.
– 1.8 billion people use an unimproved source of drinking water with no protection against contamination from faeces.
– Globally, 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused.
But sometimes, outrage is but a patina of indignation whose chief motive is incontinent delight. Which is it for the talking heads at CNN? Are they genuinely morally offended by the president’s comments? Or are they really absolutely delighted by the opportunity he has given them to say “shithole” over and over again while also running endless chyrons reminding viewers that the president referred to (if he did refer to) Haiti, El Salvador, etc., as “shithole countries” from which we should not seek immigrants?read more
The list of countries inheriting bountiful resources, both natural, and human capital along with effective governance models is led by Venezuela and Zimbabwe. Frittering it away is a post-colonial art form, actually a pernicious disease infecting most of sub-Sahara Africa and Central and South America. Nations freed from “colonial European white oppression” – despite being given all the tools to develop economic independence; political stability; sustainable resource development; enlightened parliamentary democratic governance; and efficient and useful bureaucracies to perpetuate safe, secure, industrious, self-sufficient lifestyles with access to clean water, hospitals, and education, not to mention a literate and educated electorate – couldn’t find failure fast enough.read more
It’s a beautiful thing to watch the feral fulmination of the media over Donald Trump’s comments when he correctly described dysfunctional, corrupt and failed states as “shit hole countries.“read more