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General Debate 2 July 2016

July 2nd, 2016 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

General Debate 1 July 2016

July 1st, 2016 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

General Debate 30 June 2016

June 30th, 2016 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

General Debate 29 June 2016

June 29th, 2016 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

General Debate 28 June 2016

June 28th, 2016 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

General Debate 27 June 2016

June 27th, 2016 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

General Debate 26 June 2016

June 26th, 2016 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

General Debate 25 June 2016

June 25th, 2016 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

General Debate 24 June 2016

June 24th, 2016 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

General Debate 23 June 2016

June 23rd, 2016 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

General Debate 22 June 2016

June 22nd, 2016 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

The rise of the robots

June 21st, 2016 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

In the hospitality sector, Carl’s Jr chief executive Andy Pudzer has said he wants to try fully automated restaurants, where customers never see a person, in an effort to deal with rising minimum wages. 

“If you’re making labour more expensive, and automation less expensive, this is not rocket science,” he toldBusiness Insider.

“[Machines] are always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there’s never a slip-and-fall, or an age, sex, or race discrimination case.”

It is inevitable.  Unions keep insisting on huge increases in the minimum wage, and one day they will wake up and realise they have no members left!

A NZ Muslim on Islam

June 21st, 2016 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Donna Miles-Mojab writes in the NZ Herald:

I write this as a Muslim even though being a Muslim does not define me. In fact, I have a very secular outlook to life and last time I knelt down to pray was more to impress my grandmother than Allah – I was 7 or 8.

A useful reminder that for many people their religion does not define them – it is just a part of them. For some people their religious beliefs are the most important and central part of their life. But not for everyone, or even most people.

I have therefore decided that, for the sake of the majority of peaceful Muslims, to embrace my Islamic heritage and to celebrate, build and promote what is good, beautiful and uniting about Islam: think solace, comfort, charity, hospitality, empathy, kindness.

The alternative is to denounce the religion I was born into because of the actions of a minority.

But doing that would only play into the hands of extremists; their goal is to declare themselves as the only true Muslims by dismissing my mother, grandmother and over one billion of other peaceful Muslims as infidels.

Very true. And Islam can only be reformed by those who are within the religion.

It is time for secular Muslims, feminist Muslims, gay Muslims, bisexual Muslims, lesbian Muslims, transsexual Muslims, Marxist Muslims and all the other shades of Muslims to come out, in greater numbers, and proudly say that they are Muslims too. It is also time for Muslims to accept that extremism, violence, racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, oppression and patriarchy are rife amongst many Islamic cultures. But Muslims need to talk about these issues in an open and transparent way and acknowledge that the extremists who carry out vile acts of terrorism are Muslims too.

Good to have this acknowledged. Now again this does not mean that all or even most Muslims are anti-Semitic, racist or sexist. They’re not. But in a fair number of Muslim majority countries, these values do hold sway. Women can not vote or drive. Consensual homosexual activity can attract the death penalty. Apostasy is seen as a capital crime.

There is no doubt that the majority of the global terrorism today is carried out by Islamist groups but 50 or 100 years ago, it was communists, anarchists, fascists and others who resorted to terrorism to achieve their goals. Nobody blamed Christianity or atheism then so why are we blaming Islam now?

My view is that communism, fascism and Islamism (not Islam) are incompatible with democracy. Islam as private religious beliefs is fine. Islamism, as the political belief that a country’s laws should reflect the religious beliefs is not.

General Debate 21 June 2016

June 21st, 2016 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

General Debate 20 June 2016

June 20th, 2016 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

Cartoonist says left are killing satire

June 20th, 2016 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

John Drinnan writes:

Cartoonist Bill Leak both delighted and caused offence last week with an Oped piece in “The Australian”  He complained eloquently about “authoritarian barbarians of the New Left” and increasing damage wrought by political correctness.

His comments were:

“Progressive fundamentalists now are trying to dictate what’s permissible when it comes to cracking jokes, just like the barbarians of fundamentalist Islam, cartoonists have found themselves on the frontline. We used to be instinctively anti-authoritarian and cynical, which made it almost impossible to offend us, and was the reason Australia became a breeding ground for great cartoonists. But it’s not any more because, instead of manning the barricades against this plague, our cartoonists, with a few honourable exceptions, rushed to embrace it. As ­George Orwell said: “You cannot be really funny if your main aim is to flatter the comfortable classes.” But they do. They want to be cool, they want to be popular; liked on Facebook, followed on Twitter. So at a time when their duty to ­offend has never been more pressing, they go out of their way to ­appease the offendirati by making their cartoons as inoffensive, as ­insipid, as possible.”

Sadly very true.

General Debate 19 June 2016

June 19th, 2016 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

General Debate 18 June 2016

June 18th, 2016 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

General Debate 17 June 2016

June 17th, 2016 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

General Debate 16 June 2016

June 16th, 2016 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

General Debate 15 June 2016

June 15th, 2016 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

Blame inequality for organ donation rates!!

June 14th, 2016 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Eric Crampton blogs:

Man, the snake-oil salesmen of the 1800s had nothing on today’s inequality campaigners. Turns out that inequality’s to blame for New Zealand’s low organ donation rates. Really?

Here’s Eileen Goodwin at the ODT.

An “individualist new-right” attitude that holds sway in New Zealand is holding back organ donation rates, a University of Otago biomedical ethics authority says.

Prof Grant Gillett was contacted for comment on a Ministry of Health consultation process that seeks to increase New Zealand’s low rate of organ donation. …

He said the political ideology of the Ministry of Health and the Government hindered efforts to foster a different view of organ donation.

“The ministry’s got quite an individualist new-right sort of agenda.

“I think it’s shared by the Government at large; I think that’s the reason why we are encouraged to tolerate the inequalities [in society].”

“It’s fundamental to neoliberalism that every individual should be able to be accountable for their own stuff, wrapped up in their own life, and not have dues to others.”

What a load of total bullshit. A semi-demented rant about neo-liberalism posing as expert commentary.

Asked if countries with high economic inequality had lower organ donation rates, Prof Gillett said he did not know.

So he admits he has no idea at all about what he is speaking on as a so called expert.

Eric notes:

Amazing that the socialist transformation of man away from individualism in Venezuela still has their live organ donation rates lower than those in that every-man-for-himself dog-eat-dog Hong Kong, never mind the US. And Sweden is also lower there than the US.

I wonder what else neo-liberalism will be blamed for – our growing road toll?

General Debate 14 June 2016

June 14th, 2016 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

All about calories

June 13th, 2016 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Low-fat diets and exercise are pointless for those wanting to lose weight and obese people should simply eat less, a leading surgeon has said.

Portion size is key. It is as simple as just eating less. Not easy, but simple.

Lord McColl, emeritus professor of surgery at Guys Hospital in London and former shadow health secretary, warned that current health advice to avoid fat was “false and misleading” and was fuelling the obesity epidemic.

Speaking at a House of Lords debate, the former surgeon warned that exercising was useless against the huge levels of calories from carbohydrates and sugars that people are now consuming.

His argument for fat:

Lord McColl said eating fat was important as it kept people feeling fuller for longer. He advised overweight people to start adding fat into their diet.

“Fat enters the small intestine and greatly delays the emptying of the stomach,” he told peers. “As the stomach emptying is delayed it gives the feeling that one has had enough to eat. Later when the fat has been absorbed the stomach then starts to empty again, It’s a beautifully balanced mechanism which tends to prevent us from eating too much and prevents us from getting obese.”

The key sentence:

“The whole subject has been bedevilled by all sorts of theories about the cause of the obesity; genetics, epigenetics, psychological disturbances.None of them is the cause of the obesity epidemic. One fact remains. It is impossible to be obese unless one is eating too many calories.”

And calories come from many sources – carbs, fats, sugars etc. A tax on one small source of calories is pissing in the wind.

“In the UK the Department of Health and Nice (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) maintained for many years that the obesity epidemic was due to lack of exercise,” he told peers. “It’s a pity that the 500 people employed by Nice didn’t think to go into the gymnasium get on a machine and exercise to see how few calories you actually burn off.

“One can peddle away on one of those machines for half an hour and only two or three hundred calories are burned up. One has to run miles to take a pound of fat off.

Exercise helps you be fitter and does contribute to weight loss, but it requires a lot of exercise to make a difference.

A pound of fat 0.45 of a kg. You need to burn off 4,050 calories to lose a pound. You burn off around 105 calories per hour so it would take 38 miles to burn off a pound of fat. A marathon is 26 miles. So no quick fix.

But if you run five miles a day for a week, then you do it.

General Debate 13 June 2016

June 13th, 2016 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel