Roger Kerr, New Zealand Business Roundtable Executive Director

Recently the Treasury released a December 2010 paper Short History of Post-Privatisation in New Zealand, written by John Wilson, an experienced former Treasury official.

It records in a balanced and objective way the history of nine major privatisations by central and local governments.  The companies surveyed are Ports of Auckland, Bank of New Zealand, Air New Zealand, Auckland International Airport, Telecom, Tranz Rail, Trustpower, Contact Energy and the Forestry Corporation.

The paper notes that

The selection of companies was intended to illustrate the issues that have arisen from privatisation. The list of companies is not comprehensive, nor is it necessarily a sufficiently robustly drawn sample to draw strong aggregate conclusions about privatisation in New Zealand. The strongest general conclusions about the merits of private rather than government ownership can be drawn from global studies with much bigger samples.

Not covered are many of the other 20 plus privatisations that would…

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Killed by US police by threat level and weapon, January – March 2016

I had to download the file from the Washington Posed and reorganise the coding so you can actually work out the threat level and the weapon carried. This was previously possible with the 2015 database. The 2016 database filters changed to make it more difficult to work out how many people were killed by police while an attack was in progress. The improvement is the Washington Post now has filters for the type of weapon present.


Source: Fatal force: A Washington Post investigation of people shot and killed by police in 2016 – Washington Post.

Mailman Battles Angry Cat While Attempting to Deliver Mail – YouTube

How does the logic of gun free zones differ?


HT: David Spady

UAH Global Temperature for March Down Slightly

Watts Up With That?

UAH V6 Global Temperature Update for March, 2016: +0.73 deg. C

by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.

The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for March, 2016 is +0.73 deg. C, down a little from the February record-setting value of +0.83 deg. C (click for full size version). This makes March 2016 the warmest March in the satellite record (since 1979), and statistically tied with April 1998 for the second warmest month.


The global, hemispheric, and tropical LT anomalies from the 30-year (1981-2010) average for the last 15 months are:

2015 01 +0.30 +0.44 +0.15 +0.13
2015 02 +0.19 +0.34 +0.04 -0.07
2015 03 +0.18 +0.28 +0.07 +0.04
2015 04 +0.09 +0.19 -0.01 +0.08
2015 05 +0.27 +0.34 +0.20 +0.27
2015 06 +0.31 +0.38 +0.25 +0.46
2015 07 +0.16 +0.29 +0.03 +0.48
2015 08 +0.25 +0.20 +0.30 +0.53
2015 09 +0.23…

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Clinton Lashes Out At “Sanders Lies” and Sanders Reaffirms Accusation That She Is Taking Fossil Fuel Money


hrc-1-300x202After the Wall Street poll showing that one-third of Sanders voters are not willing to vote for Hillary Clinton in the general, the outburst by Clinton over the “lies of Sanders” is not going to improve those numbers. While Clinton denounced the young person as a Sanders supporter, she is not. She is an uncommitted Greenpeace volunteer. Moreover, media has cried foul in her denial of receiving money from the fossil fuel industry and Sanders went on television to repeat the basic allegation. They say that she has received a great deal of money from people in the industry and her PAC has continued to take such money. They argue that she is again making a technical defense (direct contributions from companies to the campaign are not at issue because such donations would be illegal). At issue is the fact that Clinton has refused to sign the pledge of…

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Another Look at Science

Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

Since the early 1980s, grave concerns have been raised about the process by which scientific evidence gets produced.

betrayers_of_the_truth_coverTwo months ago, I embarked on a research project that veered off in unexpected directions, metamorphosing into a more time-consuming and labour-intensive exercise than anticipated.

Along the way, I learned a great deal about how science gets practiced in the real world – as opposed to the idealized “Science” of my imagination. Yes, I’d known full well that climate science was a mess. Rather than inspiring confidence, legions of its practitioners act as though they’re selling something. On the one hand, they’re quick to dismiss alternative perspectives. On the other, they grasp at every half-baked rationale available to advance their own worldview. And yes, I’d already begun to notice parallels to the scientific debate concerning cholesterol, dietary fat, and heart disease.

But my recent adventure has persuaded me that the scientific enterprise…

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