Ralph Jester House - Frank Lloyd Wright
. . . promoting capitalist acts between consenting adults.
The New Zealand AFL (NZAFL), in conjunction with its corporate partners is delighted to announce that SKY TV will be showing “live” AFL on its programming in New Zealand.I know which Drinking Room I'll be in this evening . . . :-)
Our great game will be televised on SKY Sport 3 on Friday evenings. The telecast will commence at 9.30pm. The first match is this Friday (5th May –tonight) between the Melbourne Demons and the Geelong Cats at the Telstra Dome in Melbourne. The match will be replayed on Saturday afternoon in the 2.30pm timeslot on SKY Sport 2.
SKY TV will continue to screen the one-hour “Highlights” package on Tuesday and Thursday evenings on SKY Sport 2. NZAFL CEO Rob Malone said “This is a very positive step in the continued growth and awareness of Australian Rules in New Zealand, as our priority has always been to provide regular AFL games on NZ TV to value add and underpin our Aussie Rules delivery programs in the school system and community competitions throughout NZ”.
“I would like to extend the NZAFL’s appreciation to Murray Jackson (CEO Genesis Energy) for his support of this significant initiative. AFL will now be shown on average, 8 hours per week with the Friday night “live” game allocated a timeslot not always afforded to the Sydney market”.
Labels: Property Rights
The solution is: allow the oil companies to drill for oil—in Alaska, in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of California, on all the land mass of the United States now set aside as “wild-life preserves” and “wilderness” areas. Allow the construction of new atomic power plants! Stop interfering with the strip mining of coal! Stop interfering with the construction of refineries, pipelines, and harbor facilities necessary to the supply of oil and natural gas! This will increase the supply and reduce the demand for oil (this last because substitutes for it will be more readily available). All this can be summed up in very few words: Politicians and environmentalists, get the hell out of the way!This is not an energy crisis, it is a political crisis -- one equivalent to NZ's but on a larger scale. On one side are those trying to produce; on the other those trying to stop them; and on the sidelines are cheerleaders for the latter who are blaming the former for the problem. Put that way, perhaps the real crisis is one of incipient blindness, and a lack of reason...
Instead, we are told that the oil companies are responsible for the scarcity of oil and its high price and should be punished for it. No! The truth is that the environmentalists and the politicians who support them are responsible.
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One must wonder if what Galbraith is really advocating is not simply state power as an end in itself and individual deprivation both as an end in itself and as a means of demonstrating the power of the state. The possible suffering which such a man may inflict on the American people, once having achieved a position of power or influence, is unspeakable. For he seems to combine the mentality of a dictator with a total contempt for the individual.LINK: Galbraith's neo-feudalism - George Reisman's blog
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What "local loop unbundling" really means is this: nationalising Telecom's telephone lines because other telecommunications companies can't be arsed building their own, and the RMA makes it all but impossible to do so if the will were there in any case -- which it isn't. In a word, it is theft.As Rodney Hide said today following Cunliffe's announcement of Telecom's 'unbundling':
This decision is not about allowing competition, it's about government forcing a private company to open their network to competitors. Labour has absolutely no respect for private property rights. Instead of creating an alternative network, a group of companies have pressured Ministers to let them leech off Telecom's lines... This sends a chilling message to any company wishing to invest in infrastructure - Government will regulate and control you, unless you do what politicians say.The nationalisation of Telecom's lines has been long-signalled, and will no doubt be widely celebrated by all those who want to get their hands on something that isn't theirs, and don't care about the power they give government by granting their support. All government wants is cheerleaders for its meddling. All the cheearleaders want is their own chance at someone else wealth. The moochers and the looters need each other to survive. 'The goverment that robs Peter to pay Paul will always get the enthusiastic support of Paul' is a truism that is too frequently forgotten; it is entirely appropriate to invoke it here this evening.
When is a Socialist government not a Socialist government? When David Farrar gets cheaper broadband out of them. I agree wholeheartedly with the comments above, this is confiscation of privately owned property no matter how you look at it.It sure is. Trust a National Socialist to embrace it.
Although the New Zealand Exchange closed before the media conference took place, trading continued in Telecom shares on the Australian exchange. Tony Connolly from First NZ Capital says Telecom took quite a hit, closing down 33 cents, about seven percent, at A$4.43.No kidding.
He expects Telecom shares to be sharply weaker tomorrow...
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But this issue is really about state identification .. nothing more, nothing less. Starting with dogs under the guise of it preventing people from being attacked - which, of course, is ludicrous... For once I offer a bouquet to the Greens in their opposition to this proposal. On this matter, Jeanette Fitzsimons happens to be correct.A shame however that Fitzsimons has been persuaded to recant, at least far as exempting farm dogs.
Nobody disagrees that many Scots might benefit from being healthier. But history is littered with examples of the damage done to liberty and freedom when politicians think they know with absolute certainty what is good for us.Too right.
Labels: Frank Lloyd Wright
it became kosher to say that someone who wants the government to steal from Peter to enable Paul to get rid of his headache or buy a home is, well, a liberal, a supporter of a certain sort of liberty or freedom, very different from what used to be meant by “liberal.” All sorts of statists jumped at the chance to call themselves liberals henceforth, thus eschewing the dirty word “socialist” which came to be associated with dictatorial regimes such as the Soviet Union.Well, at least that lets my own obituary out of Tibor's firing line. Read on here.
...these liberals, including Galbraith, advocated massive government intervention into the lives of citizens, with the delusional belief in how pure of heart and bright of mind politicians and bureaucrats are, in comparison to you and me and the rest of us simple and mean blokes doing work in markets. Not one of the obituaries, however, pointed this out about Galbraith but made him out to be a grand champion of human liberty, an unqualified liberal!
In one email, Mr Boyce states, with reference to the select committee, 'these bastards are our enemy.'Blind Freddy could see that those bastards were their enemy. Only an idiot (or Murray McCully -- which is to say the same thing) could fail to see that chairman Shane Jones for one is both a bastard and an enemy of both Boyce and Fraser -- and for that matter most of corporate New Zealand. These gentlemen were clearly seen by Jones as his first leg up the parliamentary greasy pole, and as he outlined to a Radio New Zealand interviewer last night he has taken great pleasure in what he sees as consigning them both to history while vaulting himself up the pole for doing do. The man is a nasty piece of work. One to watch.
The modern celebration of May Day began as a working class holiday in the late 19th century. It was the culmination of a struggle of the common man for better working conditions and a demand for greater dignity. In the 20th century, various governments gave their official endorsement to the holiday with celebrations consisting of displays of military and political might. With trumpets blaring, tanks rolled through public squares and square-jawed soldiers marched in lockstep, saluting flags while the Premier reveled in the exhibition of power.Read on for the full 2006 commemoration. And here for the 2005 commemoration.
Such parades were largely a facade that hid a harsh underlying reality. While the regimes played up an image of strength and vigor to the outside world, the societies they ruled over were decaying on the inside. And the same power on display in the parades was used in carte blanche fashion to create terror, repression, brutality, and crimes against humanity. The unfortunate irony is that the common man bore the brunt of the hardship. The victims of these totalitarian states were privy to human nature at its darkest depths.
The story of their struggle has not yet been told in all its starkness. Today, we at Catallarchy try to tell a small part of their story.
Please dont believe everything you read in the papers. I said to a reporter it was something the inquiry into obesity might look at ..end of story. I cant ban anything, we live in a democracy and we need a majority of MPs to vote for an ything.So 'majority rules' is apparently okay with Sue, then. In another response she told a correspondent:
Well you shouldn't fall for a media beat up. All I said was that these were the sort of issues the select committee would be looking at. And he managed to twist it into me calling for a ban.To be fair, most of Kedgley's headlines come from "calling for a ban," so when a reporter is presented with fat, food, Sue Kedgely and "something the inquiry into obesity might look at" the word "ban" would naturally spring to mind.
Thank you for your feedback. In the article. [sic] I was quoted as being 'open minded' about this issue and hoped that the committee could make recommendations that would turn our obesity epidemic around (whatever they might be). What wasn't reported in the article was that I said that National's position would have to be discussed at caucus and I understand that Tony Ryall has made a statement to a TV station today that National does not support banning of happy meals and toys etc. I hope that reassures you.It doesn't. "Whatever they might be." sounds ominous, doesn't it, and Blue sounds so open-minded that anything could walk in -- and maybe already has. And has anyone actually seen Ryall's reported attempt to rescue Blue? I haven't seen anything from Vile Ryall since last Sunday, and certainly nothing on this subject. Methinks she's wriggling.
Labels: Atlas Shrugged
his core ideas are either restated Veblen, warmed over Keynes, or Marxist platitudes. It is not clear that any of his ideas are original enough to warrant that he be placed in that company of critics of the market economy. But there can be little doubt that between 1950-1970, he perhaps more than anyone popularized the teachings of Marx, Veblen and Keynes and made them acceptable to generations of Harvard students and members of the intelligentsia in the English speaking world.Galbraith's best and worst began during and after World War II. At the wartime Office of Price Administration he received his first taste of economy-wide meddling; he liked it. At the same time he was not unafraid to challenge conventional wisdom -- something seen thoughout his career, and a phrase he himself coined; his unorthodoxy and innate intelligence combined to help produce the post-war 'United States Strategic Bombing Survey' which analysed the efficacy of the wartime long-range strategic bombing, and found its success vastly over-rated, a conclusion unwelcome to US Air Force strategists. Galbraith remarked at the time to Orvil Anderson, deputy chief of the Army Air Force in Europe, "General, this is just a matter of intellectual honesty." The general replied, "Goddamn it, Ken, you carry intellectual honesty to extremes."
Hence, a new 'sceptical consensus' has developed that, before the next IPCC report is published in February next year, there should be a panel, or panels, of experts who have established themselves as 'auditors' of the IPCC, both here in New Zealand and abroad.The coalition has registered a website domain name, www.climatescience.org.nz, which it expects to have running within a day or two...
Those of us involved in forming this coalition believe that now is the time for individual countries like New Zealand to assemble their own national expert panels, so that these panels can form larger groupings with like minded-panels from other countries so as to be ready to deal with the reports to be published by the IPCC next year. Their aim should not be to repeat, or parallel, the work of the IPCC, but to audit its reports, and to let the members of the IPCC know that such auditors are waiting in the wings.
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Mr Simpson intends to put his suggestions for alleviating traffic congestion and pollution to the council. His prime concern is Auckland's extremely high rate of car ownership, with 1.7 per household instead of 1.4 for the likes of San Francisco, a city he says he admires.From the San Francisco Metropolitan Transport Commission: "In 2000, the number of cars owned regionwide totaled more than 4.5 million — about 1.85 cars per household." Spot the difference? Not 1.4 but 1.85, which I'm sure even Mr Simpson realises is greater than 1.7 (or 1.66 to use the exact figure for car ownership in Metropolitan Auckland.). So if Simpson has to lie to make his point, do you think he really has one? Is he truly duplicitous or just an idiot? Answers on a postcard please.
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