Killer green technologies alert: downed trolley bus wires

A car would not swerved towards us and we would not have driven under downed trolley bus wires if it were not for this green fetish. The swerving car distracted me from noticing that the trolley bus wires were hanging low above it on a dull Wellington Day

This enormously expensive way of running public transport in Wellington is already killed bus drivers when they are out on the road putting in the polls back up to the wires. Today, we were put at risk of electrocution.

Is it wise for @JanLogie to side with the old puritans? Your enemy’s enemy are still your enemies

Indianapolis justifies the ordinance on the ground that pornography affects thoughts. Men who see women depicted as subordinate are more likely to treat them so. Pornography is an aspect of dominance. [note 1] It does not persuade people so much as change them. It works by socializing, by establishing the expected and the permissible. In this view pornography is not an idea; pornography is the injury. There is much to this perspective. Beliefs are also facts. People often act in [329] accordance with the images and patterns they find around them. People raised in a religion tend to accept the tenets of that religion, often without independent examination. People taught from birth that black people are fit only for slavery rarely rebelled against that creed; beliefs coupled with the self-interest of the masters established a social structure that inflicted great harm while enduring for centuries. Words and images act at the level of the subconscious before they persuade at the level of the conscious. Even the truth has little chance unless a statement fits within the framework of beliefs that may never have been subjected to rational study.

Therefore we accept the premises of this legislation. Depictions of subordination tend to perpetuate subordination. The subordinate status of women in turn leads to affront and lower pay at work, insult and injury at home, battery and rape on the streets. [note 2] In the language of the legislature, “pornography is central in creating and maintaining sex as a basis of discrimination. Pornography is a systematic practice of exploitation and subordination based on sex which differentially harms women. The bigotry and contempt it produces, with the acts of aggression it fosters, harm women’s opportunities for equality and rights [of all kinds].” Indianapolis Code § 16-1(a)(2).

Yet this simply demonstrates the power of pornography as speech. All of these unhappy effects depend on mental intermediation. Pornography affects how people see the world, their fellows, and social relations. If pornography is what pornography does, so is other speech. Hitler’s orations affected how some Germans saw Jews. Communism is a world view, not simply a Manifesto by Marx and Engels or a set of speeches. Efforts to suppress communist speech in the United States were based on the belief that the public acceptability of such ideas would increase the likelihood of totalitarian government. Religions affect socialization in the most pervasive way. The opinion in Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205, 32 L. Ed. 2d 15, 92 S. Ct. 1526 (1972), shows how a religion can dominate an entire approach to life, governing much more than the relation between the sexes. Many people believe that the existence of television, apart from the content of specific programs, leads to intellectual laziness, to a penchant for violence, to many other ills. The Alien and Sedition Acts passed during the administration of John Adams rested on a sincerely held belief that disrespect for the government leads to social collapse and revolution–a belief with support in the history of many nations. Most governments of the world act on this empirical regularity, suppressing critical speech. In the United States, however, the strength of the support for this belief is irrelevant. Seditious libel is protected speech unless the danger is not only grave but also imminent. See New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254, 11 L. Ed. 2d 686, 84 S. Ct. 710 (1964); cf. Brandenburg v. Ohio, supra; New York [330] Times Co. v. United States, 403 U.S. 713, 29 L. Ed. 2d 822, 91 S. Ct. 2140 (1971).

Racial bigotry, anti-semitism, violence on television, reporters’ biases–these and many more influence the culture and shape our socialization. None is directly answerable by more speech, unless that speech too finds its place in the popular culture. Yet all is protected as speech, however insidious. Any other answer leaves the government in control of all of the institutions of culture, the great censor and director of which thoughts are good for us.

Source: American Booksellers Association v. Hudnut (7th Cir. 1985)

So @NZGreens support Gulf wars 1 & 2?! The punitive mission to Afghanistan?

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The first Gulf War had UN security council approval. The 2nd Gulf War was approved in a way that provided employment to legal pedants and more importantly, just enough political cover for the Chinese and Russians back home and with their low-rent allies to avoid their veto.

The New Zealand Greens cannot go on about multinational responses than oppose wars with UN security council approval.

Naturally, the Greens opposed NZ participation in the Afghanistan war despite its clear-cut UN authorisation. NATO and other mutual defence treaties were specifically triggered after 9/11.

The USA and others were and still are at war with Al-Qaeda; they can use force against that enemy and those who harbour them. The Taliban was warned. A Wiki has this nice quote by Stone (1921):

When the territorial sovereign is too weak or is unwilling to enforce respect for international law, a state which is wronged may find it necessary to invade the territory and to chastise the individuals who violate its rights and threaten its security.

The 9/11 terrorists were air pirates. NATO and allied military entered Afghanistan to subdue the home base of these brigands and those that harboured them:

  • Naval and military deployments against pirate’s lairs date back thousands of years.
  • The first war of the USA was with the Barbary Pirates in 1801 to 1805, with another war in 1815. These pirates waged war against the shipping of other nations, seized cargoes and ships, and sold captives into slavery.
  • Punitive expeditions against bandits were commonplace too, such as chasing Pancho Villa and his gang of bandits back into Mexico in 1916.
  • The U.S. military recently attacked a Somalian maritime pirate camp to rescue hostages. EU naval forces have also attacked these pirate lairs to destroy boats and supplies.

When @JeremyCorbyn talks more sense on #Syrianbombing than @NZGreens

Does the Vanguard Social Index ever beat the market? @EricCrampton @JulieAnneGenter

The performance of social investing is so bad that anyone investing other people’s money and having fiduciary duties to the owners of that money should take legal advice. Over the 16 years charted below, socially responsible investing wiped $4,000 off the initial investment of $10,000. Over a lifetime of saving, that is a big difference to the security of your retirement.

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Source: VFTSX Vanguard FTSE Social Index Inv Fund VFTSX Quote Price News.

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Source: VFTSX Vanguard FTSE Social Index Inv Fund VFTSX Quote Price News.

#WomensBoatToGaza @MaramaDavidson silent on Hamas rocket attacks

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#GMO the most regulated & tested product in agricultural history

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What do @GreenpeaceNZ, #McDonalds and @Forest_and_Bird no longer have in common?

Like McDonalds, Greenpeace globally is a brand. Forest and Bird is a local conservation brand. Until last year, I was utterly clueless as to who its leaders were. That is a deliberate branding decision in the past by McDonalds.

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Greenpeace New Zealand and Forest and Bird were also pretty faceless in terms of who their chief executives were.This meant people were less likely to conflate the far left backgrounds of its leaders and activist support base with their self appointed environmental do-gooders brands.

No more, no longer. Greenpeace NZ appointed the former leader of the New Zealand Greens as its Chief Executive last year. Forest and Bird now appointed the Green MP who wanted to succeed him as leader of the Greens as their chief executive. Both bring political baggage.

I do not wish Greenpeace well with its anti-growth, anti-science, anti-human agenda, so I hope this was a mistake they made last year. I hope I am not interrupting them in making that mistake. Forest and Bird appears to be antigrowth as well so let them make this mistake as well.

How steep is @SteffanBrowning’s anti-science slippery slope?

If the Auckland Council can ban the release of GMOs, can it ban the growing of marijuana for recreational and medical uses? Where does it stop? Green MPs such as Steffan Browning should think more deeply about that before they embrace local democracy in all its fury.

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More on homelessness fell under @NZNationalParty? @CarmelSepuloni @cjsbishop

I cherry picked my previous data on homelessness if the New Zealand sub-Reddit is to be believed and from which I am banned and cannot reply. Plotting the data in full is to cherry pick it. The chart below is simply the first two rows of the source data. The subsequent rows deal with those in emergency accommodation and in temporary accommodation.

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Source: 24 August 2016, Most homeless people working or studying, News, University of Otago, New Zealand, table 4.

When I shared this data on Carmel Sepuloni MP’s Facebook page, she rightly and constructively said

Thanks for your comment Jim. Unfortunately the number living rough has increased since 2001. We want to focus on improving the future, which is why we are holding our homeless inquiries so we can best understand and address this issue:

Rather than pointscoring, the issue is what to do to fix the problem. How desperate is much of the rest of the Left to beat up this issue as the fault of John Key. This is an an important issue that should not be used for point scoring by sufferers of John Key derangement syndrome.

Homeless people are those who I charted above. They are sleeping rough or in a car. They have slipped through the social safety net which is obviously not working for them. If you are in emergency accommodation, the social safety net is working. The issue is making that safety net work better in terms of moving quickly into more permanent accommodation..