The backlash against National's amended Emissions Trading Scheme is continuing, but the ruling party seems unfazed by the negative reaction from critics on both the left and the right.
National managed this week to pass its version of a multi-billion dollar ETS, after buying the support of the Maori Party when the ACT Party wouldn't offer its votes.
Meanwhile ACT leader Rodney Hide has called for an investigation into whether New Zealand's NIWA fiddled its data, in a Kiwi Climategate of its own.
These leaked emails from the UK's Climate Research Unit revealed the lengths the UN's select group of scientists are prepared to go to, in order to protect their crumbling theories of man-made climate change, by falsifying data, peer-reviewing each other's work, and using bully tactics to discredit anyone who disagrees with their story.
Whale Oil notes that the NZ Herald has finally decided to give the saga a comprehensive airing - complete with excerpts from the dodgy emails - after largely ignoring it for the last week (along with certain NZ TV networks).
The climate crusaders are desperately hoping Climategate won't affect their plans at the Copenhagen talks, after working to 'stack the deck' with one-worlders who will push a global governance agenda under the pretext of climate change.
The Flu Case reports Lykke Friis has been appointed by the Danish government to chair the United Nations' climate change summit in Copenhagen in December.
(She replaces Bilderberg member Connie Hedegaard, who has conveniently been nominated for the new job of Climate Commissioner for the European Union, overseeing the EU's planned emissions cuts programme, aimed at kneecapping western economies in Europe).
Ms Friis is a member of the Trilateral Commission, which bills itself as a "non-governmental, policy-oriented discussion group". It was founded by David Rockefeller and Zbigniew Brzezinski, and despite its claims to the contrary, has a known agenda of creating and promoting a one-world government.
The Commission's philosophy is pro-Marxist and pro-socialist. It is against the idea of national sovereignty and governing frameworks like the US Constitution, which only get in the way of creating the New World Order.
Another Bilderberg member, Herman Van Rompuy, recently became president of the EU, seen as a 'building block' in the move towards a one-world government.
Van Rompuy called 2009 the "first year of global governance", and said the “climate conference in Copenhagen is another step towards the global management of our planet.” He also announced this month a plan to implement EU-wide taxes, which would be paid directly to the EU head office in Brussels.
Lord Christopher Monckton (a former science adviser to Margaret Thatcher) says the real purpose of the Copenhagen conference "is to use global warming hype as a pretext to lay the foundation for a one-world government".
The one-worlders have already drafted a climate-change treaty, which they will encourage politicians to sign in Copenhagen.
The draft text includes the provision to set up a trans-national "government", which would have the power to "directly intervene in the financial, economic, tax and environmental affairs of all the nations that sign the Copenhagen treaty."
Developed countries will be forced to pay an "adaptation debt" (of up to US$140 billion a year by 2020), theoretically to support "climate change mitigation" in the developing world. One suggested option is a global levy of 2% on international financial market transactions by industrialised countries.
In a recent interview on Australian radio, Lord Christopher Monckton warned of "the powers that are going to be given to this entirely unelected government that are so frightening."
Lord Monckton also warned Americans that "in the next few weeks, unless you stop it, your president will sign your freedom, your democracy and your prosperity away forever."
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key isn't planning to attend the summit in Copenhagen, but unfortunately National's resident misguided tree-hugger Nick Smith is flying there, under the guise of "Climate Change Issues Minister".
Hopefully Smith and other politicians can resist the urge to sign away the freedom (and incomes) of their respective populations.
* Watts Up With That (Excellent Climate Change blog that broke the ClimateGate story)
* TBR.cc - NZ’s NIWA accused of CRU-style temperature faking
* TBR.cc - The Day The Science Died...
* NZ Herald - A climate scandal, or is it just hot air?
* The Wall Street Journal - Has Anyone Read the Copenhagen Agreement? U.N. plans for a new 'government' are scary
* The Flu Case - Trilateralist Replaces Bilderberger to Chair Copenhagen Summit
And if you haven't seen this video clip taken from Lord Monckton's recent speech, take 4 minutes to watch it now and educate yourselves on the frightening plan by the Communist one-worlders.
A dire warning to Americans - and everyone else in the world - about what the United Nations' Climate Change Treaty actually means...
Posted at 7:26 p.m. Wednesday, 25 November 2009
I recently had a good 5 weeks vacation overseas, spending the first half of my trip in London, Paris and Stockholm, before flying over to New York and having short city stops in Boston and San Francisco on the way home.
Travelling from New Zealand you lose a good day or two at either end, with both the long flight times, and the inevitable jet lag.
The last time I managed to do a good multi-stop holiday was when I was living in the UK. I did one of those Top Deck group bus packages, which was a great way of seeing the popular sights in some of the main cities in Western Europe (as well as a few days in Prague). I also managed to visit Poland a couple of years back, to catch up with a friend I met working at summer camp in the United States.
There's still many countries and cities on my "To Do" travel list. I want to visit South Africa (I have friends there from both the Top Deck tour and from summer camp days), and also travel to the Middle East, including Egypt, Jordan, and Israel. I've always been a big fan of Egyptian mythology, so the Pyramids and related attractions would be high on my list.
I have also noticed that a number of campers I've kept in contact with from my summer camp days have been reconnecting with their Jewish roots, with vacations to Israel. Some of these I know were in organised groups, which is probably a safe way of doing it considering the volatile nature of that area.
I want to visit Israel to see and experience all of its history, including the historical landmarks and places of biblical significance, like Jerusalem, Mount Zion, the Wailing Wall, the Dead Sea, Bethlehem, and other attractions which seem to be included in religious tours from the main cities.
Although many Americans travel to Israel every day, officially the US State Department has a travel warning in place relating to the potential risks of travelling to Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.
They caution Americans in particular to be careful around restaurants, shopping centres, and businesses (especially those of US brands), as well as local bus stations. However, again it sounds like being part of an organised group is the best idea, especially one with a local guide who knows the best places and times to go.
The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) have a strong presence on the streets and around these sorts of places. The sight of armed soldiers is apparently quite common, and I have seen a few photos of friends posing with soldiers (and with their guns in one case), although that's not really a recommended practice!
I know that direct flights do go from major cities in the United States to Israel, although it can be cheaper to go via the UK, and pick up Flights to Tel Aviv from London or other cities there.
I'm hoping to travel with a group when I do manage to organise a vacation to the Middle East. There are good Israeli travel tips here to read up on, to help ensure a safer trip.
One recommendation is to make Israel the last visit on a travel itinerary, to avoid any issues over Israeli passport stamps from countries which don't recognise the Jewish state.
Posted at 10:02 p.m. Monday, 16 November 2009
NZ Herald cartoonist 'Body' understands rebel Maori Party MP Hone Harawira well. I'm sure he would probably prefer a New Zealand without all the annoying white people, going by the language in his recent email exchange.
* NZ Herald - Cartoon: That'll Please Hone
Despite the public protestations of inclusion, many within the Maori Party are still well grounded in their ideas of Maori separatism and Maori sovereignty.
Some understand that these ideals can be furthered by promoting individual responsibility, with funding for the likes of health and education following the individual (allowing for Maori education Maori health providers).
However others within the party (like Hone) can't see the woods for the trees, and want to cling to the big tax, nanny state control of their beloved Labour Party.
It is unfortunate that the National Party has been hijacked by Nick Smith's blind ambition to force through an unpopular, expensive, and totally unnecessary scheme to buy faux "carbon credits", especially when few other countries have anything similar passed into law.
Admittedly, doing absolutely nothing isn't an option (otherwise Labour's equally silly law comes in by default from January next year), but all that is needed is to repeal that bad bill, and agree not to put anything else in its place.
What in actual fact is the Government going to be "buying" with all our taxpayer money?? Carbon credits and the whole idea of a "trading scheme" for a natural gas is a huge farce, and one that more and more people are waking up to (despite the ongoing one-sided propaganda promoted by all those stupid journalists who swallow the PR fed by the IPCC's spokespeople.)
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Posted at 10:07 p.m. Sunday, 8 November 2009
Grammy award-winning Canadian rock band Nickelback recently stopped in on New Zealand, for a one-off concert at Vector Arena in Auckland.
Unfortunately Wayne could not be there. Here's a message from Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger and guitarist Ryan Peake to Wayne...
* More stars disappointed that 'Wayne could not be here' here...
Posted at 5:52 p.m.