Sunday, October 31, 2010

Lucia Of Gods and Men

The film, set in Algeria in 1996, depicts real events, when seven French monks of Tibhirine monastery were taken hostage by Islamic fundamentalists, and later murdered  in what might have been, according to  French secret service documents, an accidental killing by the Algerian military during  a rescue attempt. However, the film does not aim at shedding light on the facts, instead it is, as described in The Irish Times, a “thoughtful, unhurried meditation on the virtues and dangers of religious faith”, focusing on the spiritual path of these men when, facing gut-churning threats, they had to decide whether to stay or flee, and then carried on until martyrdom. ~ link
Looks like it will be coming to NZ, probably played at art-house cinemas.

Lucia The right to to be sexually messed with from an early age

A recent UN report claimed a new human right to explicit sexual education for young children.

The African and Caribbean blocs led the widespread hostility toward the report by registering their “strong rejection” and “strong disapproval.”

The report claims a new human right to sexual education citing non-binding recommendations and other UN reports including the controversial UNESCO guidelines on sexual education and the Yogyakarta Principles. The report's author, Victor Muñoz, argues that States have an obligation to ensure this new right “from the early stages of life.”

So, the author of the report wants babies sexually messed with by governments.

Ignoring the ongoing heated debate at the UN over terms dealing with “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” Muñoz insists that sexual education include information on “sexual diversity.” Muñoz blasts abstinence programs, which he argues normalizes stereotypes and promotes discriminatory images because they are based on “heteronormativity.”

Muñoz added that denying the existence of lesbian, gay, transsexual, transgender and bisexual population exposes these groups to discrimination.

It seem Muñoz is a homosexual with pedophiliac tendencies. I wonder if he's related to Alfred Kinsey?

Countries Slam Attempts to Create New “Right” to Sexual Education at UN ~ LifeSiteNews

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fletch The Post-American Presidency [update]

I have just finished reading the book, The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America, by authors Pamela Geller & Robert Spencer. It's a book I would recommend to anyone; a must-read, in fact, if you want to know the direction in which Obama is taking America. It's one of those books you wish you could just download to people's heads (like in that movie The Matrix) and they would just know without having to go through the process of reading it.

Of course, a lot of people - on seeing the cover and the title - will dismiss it and lump it under the umbrella of conspiracy theory. Leftists will for sure. I think it would be hard for them to make that case though, as a great deal of the book focuses on the actions Obama has taken that are pretty much public record, including commentary from both critics and adherents of Obama, from senators to journalists.

The book documents his rise; showing you what influenced him growing up, who is mentors were (socialists), who he surrounded himself with once he became President (socialists again). It shows his pandering to Islamic nations, his alienating of America's traditional allies, his attack on free speech and economics, his internationalist aspirations, the White House's refusal to use the terms "jihad", "war on terror", and certainly never to use "Islam" and "terrorism" in the same sentence for fear of insulting Islam.

If Obama isn't a Muslim (and the book doesn't make that claim in black and white), there is no mistaking his Muslim heritage, the many "outreaches" he has made toward Muslims at home and abroad, and the lack of criticism of Sharia and it's many abuses of human rights and the rights of women.

Having finished reading the book, I couldn't make a comment about Obama any better than the one attributed to George W. Bush when he was supposed to have come in fuming one day and said of Obama, "This is a dangerous world, and this cat isn't remotely qualified to handle it. This guy has no clue, I promise you".

If he said it, it was very prescient.

[update] the Bush quote above is not from the book; in fact, Bush is not mentioned a whole lot. I thought I'd better mention this fact due to the comment by Psycho Milt below. Although I personally think Bush was a better President, this comparison is not made in the book, and it is my view and not the author's.

A must read book - 5/5 stars

Lucia Moral Relativism, stripped naked, humiliated and shamed

A fantastic transcript of a lecture given by Peter Kreeft on Moral Relativism, where he defines it and refutes it absolutely.
Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day defined a good society as one that makes it easy for you to be good. Correlatively, a free society is one that makes it easy to be free. To be free, and to live freely, is to live spiritually, because only spirit is free—matter is not. To live spiritually is to live morally. The two essential properties of spirit that distinguish it from matter are intellect and will—the capacity for knowledge and moral choice. The ideals of truth and goodness. The most radical threat to living morally today is the loss of moral principles.

Moral practice has always been difficult for fallen humanity, but at least there was always the lighthouse of moral principles, no matter how stormy the sea of moral practice got. But today, with the majority of our mind-molders, in formal education, or informal education—that is, media—the light is gone. Morality is a fog of feelings. That is why to them, as Chesterton said, "Morality is always dreadfully complicated to a man who has lost all his principles." Principles mean moral absolutes. Unchanging rocks beneath the changing waves of feelings and practices. Moral relativism is a philosophy that denies moral absolutes. That thought to me is the prime suspect—public enemy number one. The philosophy that has extinguished the light in the minds of our teachers, and then their students, and eventually, if not reversed, will extinguish our whole civilization. Therefore, I want not just to present a strong case against moral relativism, but to refute it, to unmask it, to strip it naked, to humiliate it, to shame it, to give it the wallop it deserves, as they say in Texas, America's good neighbor to the south.

I was inspired to look for a good definition and refutation of moral relativism because of my conversation with Big Bruv on Kiwiblog last night. For the record, I don't think he is a moral relativist now, but he is infected with some of it's tendencies. Peter Kreeft defines moral relativism the following way:
Moral relativism usually includes three claims: That morality is first of all changeable; secondly, subjective; and third, individual. That it is relative first to changing times; you can't turn back the clock. Secondly, to what we subjectively think or feel; there is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so. And thirdly, to individuals; different strokes for different folks.
I think Big Bruv considers morality individual, which is, in my opinion, the door through which the rest can flow.

To read more of Peter Kreeft's transcript: A Refutation of Moral Relativism—Transcription

Friday, October 29, 2010

Lucia Friday night free for all

Chat time!

Got a little distracted by today's General Debate at Kiwiblog.

Lucia Pope says science can unite humans with God

This will set the atheists off.

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI told scientists that their research can lead to knowledge of God by revealing the natural order of the universe.

The pope made his remarks on Thursday (Oct. 28) before a plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican.

The evident logic governing the universe "leads us to admit the existence of an all-powerful Reason, which is other than that of man, and which sustains the world," Benedict said.

"This is the meeting point between the natural sciences and religion," the pope said. "As a result, science becomes a place of dialogue, a meeting between man and nature and, potentially, even between man and his Creator."

The academy is a group of 80 eminent scientists, including more than two dozen Nobel laureates, who promote research into natural science and related philosophical issues. Membership is without regard to religious affiliation.

Related link: Pope says science can unite humans with God ~ The Christian Century

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Andrei The transformation of Blighty

From the Daily Mail: Mohammed is now the most popular name for baby boys ahead of Jack and Harry

And from the same paper a few days ago
A historic Church of England diocese where Muslim worshippers outnumber Anglican churchgoers by two to one is set to be scrapped.

According to sources, the Dioceses Commission is drawing up proposals to axe the cash-strapped Diocese of Bradford in Yorkshire and merge it with neighbouring Ripon and Leeds.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Andrei Need a laugh

Then go and read John Minto's diatribe on Peter Jackson.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Andrei Can reporters do arithmetic and do they have any knowledge of history?

A leading story on Stuff, sourced from the Brisbane times is headlined: Kiwi war vet in police standoff.

It says
Police have use a remote-controlled device to deliver what is believed to be a mobile phone to a Kiwi man holed up on a boat in a siege in Brisbane's CBD.

The 54-year-old, who remains onboard, is believed to be a former soldier from New Zealand. He contacted police from the site at about 5am today.

So far so good but later in the piece
Jay, a fellow yachtie who claims to be the man's friend, told reporters this afternoon the man was a Vietnam War veteran.
presumably used to generate the headline

But ........

The last combat troops New Zealand had in Vietnam were withdrawn in December 1971 so if the gentleman in question is indeed 54 he was at most 15 years old when he served there.

Color me skeptical.

Lucia Linley Boniface on children at home under the age of 14

Linley Boniface has written an opinion piece in today's Dominion Post that I actually agree with. It starts:
A recent Dominion Post contained a feature so controversial that not a single member of the public interviewed was named.
She then asks what this controversial topic could possibly be, listing a number of activities that you think would warrant such anonymity, before identifying the criminal act that most parents dare not admit to: leaving under 14 year olds at home, alone. Children who could possibly taking care of siblings and not a parent in sight.
I always assumed it was an urban myth that parents were legally required to keep children under house arrest for the first 14 years of their lives. Apparently not.

That's right, it's illegal in NZ to leave children who are under the age of 14 at home without an adult there to supervise them. Last week during the teacher's strike, many Year 9 children who could have been 13 years of age, were most likely left to fend for themselves at home while their parents worked. I heard Bill English admit to as much, while saying that parents were actually responsible for making sure that this did not happen.
This view of children as witless invalids is entirely new. For almost all of our species' history, and in most of the developing world still, children have been regarded as capable of taking on an increasing level of responsibility as they move toward adulthood. They have cared for siblings, carried out meaningful domestic chores and, in some cases, contributed to the family's finances.
Linley has such a way with words.  'Witless invalids', brilliant!  When she then goes on to explain the position of Senior Sergeant John Robinson, a youth services specialist on leaving older children at home.
"A mother who's out for a run - would she be happy that her 11-year-old was home alone [during the Christchurch earthquake]?  I don't think so.  It's the same for the parent popping to the dairy in the car.  What if there's a car crash while she's out?  Would those kids be alright on their own?"
Linley then articulates exactly what I though when I read that paragraph.
No - far better to be with their mother in the car crash, clearly.
 That's right.  The police think that children are better off possibly injured or worse with their mother in a car crash than being left at home alone.
This kind of worst case scenario thinking is typical of people who believe parents should make their own lives, and those of their children, an utter misery because of the fear that something bad might happen.

But the truth is that something bad could happen, no matter what precautions you take. Leave your kid at home alone during an earthquake, and the kid could die. Be at home with your kid during an earthquake, and the kid could still die. Alarmist examples like Mr Robinson's ignore the fact that there is a massive difference between no-hoper parents who leave small children alone in their cots while they're off smoking P, and parents who measure the risk and give children increased responsibility depending on their ability to deal with it.

That's what I've tried to do with my children. And while I have known the law existed and not thought it was an urban myth, I've tried to not let it dictate how I parent my children. Without admitting to anything, when I think of how much freedom and responsibility I was given at a young age as the oldest of six children, I find myself horrified as to how restrictive I am with my own. Yet, I'm not nearly as restrictive as the law wants me to be.
In the same article, Child Youth and Family's northern regional director, Grant Bennett, said young children should never be left alone because they could become distressed and develop "anxiety issues".

Anxiety issues? How about the issues kids develop when they are taught the world is a terrifying hostile place and that they are not smart or brave or resourceful enough to deal with it? The more pertinent threat is that we are breeding children who will enter adolescence without the skills, experience and confidence to cope with everyday life.

This law is a total disgrace. It interferes in family decision making as to the capability of each individual child, and in doing so ensures that the upcoming generations are more childlike and incapable than previous ones. If we are freaking out about the numbers of unemployed now, just wait another 10 to 20 years.

But I'm not holding my breath that this law will be changed.  Just like the anti-smacking law, the NZ Government, no matter which party is in power and for some inexplicable reason, does not trust NZ parents to do what is best for their children.  The Government thinks it knows best.  The anti-smacking law is tied into our UN obligations, and our government does not want to be seen as acting against the dictates of the UN in any way.  But the no child under the age of  14 at home alone, where does that come from?  I'd really like to know.

Andrei A heart warming tale from the land of the free

A woman in Michigan who placed an advertisement for a Christian roommate on her Church's notice board has been anonymously denounced to the authorities and a civil rights suit against her initiated.
The ad "expresses an illegal preference for a Christian roommate, thus excluding people of other faiths,” according to the complaint filed by the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan.

"It's a violation to make, print or publish a discriminatory statement," Executive Director Nancy Haynes told Fox News. "There are no exemptions to that."

Haynes said the unnamed 31-year-old woman’s case was turned over to the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Depending on the outcome of the case, she said, the woman could face several hundreds of dollars in fines and “fair housing training so it doesn’t happen again.”

Fair housing training? Sounds an awful lot like political re-education to me.

Andrei Clueless

Churches contribute to gay suicides, most Americans believe

That's the CNN headline based upon a survey from Public Religion Research Institute. They do not publish their methodology but the survey is here

A quote
Gay rights campaigner Dan Savage said the idea that churches send out an anti-gay message "totally jibes with my experience and that of millions of other gay and lesbian people."


In my experience the Church doesn't talk about homosexuality at all - it talks about sin and assumes correctly that all are sinners in one way or another.

And the Church talks about overcoming sin and redemption.

The Church talks about trying to live a Godly life and the struggles that that entails because it doesn't come easy.

And the Church tells us to examine our own sin and not to judge others.

Is it that the activists are so self centered and absorbed that they want the Church to be all about them and when it doesn't conform to their wishes and desires they portray this as hostility toward them?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

ZenTiger Radio Hosts Fired by Radio Parasites
Are we still talking about this? You bet. Two more radio show hosts fired for thought crimes. The first is in America - Link: Radio Host bites the dust.

Look how polite the language is when you fire some-one:

It thanked Williams for his many years of service as a "valuable contributor" to NPR. "We did not make this decision lightly or without regret," it added. "We regret these circumstances."

What caused such soft and civilised words?

Friday, October 22, 2010

Fletch What The MSM Won't Tell You About The Trapped Miners

Miners carrying the statue of St Lorenzo, the Patron Saint of miners
Just been reading about some of this in an editorial in the NZ Catholic newspaper and doing some googling about it on the net. Was there a spiritual aspect to the rescue of the trapped miners in Chile? It appears there were many.

  • A statue of St Lorenzo, the patron Saint of miners, was carried to the entrance of the mine shaft, and also placed in the presidential palace by President Sebastian Pinera.
  • The miners asked for a crucifix, statues of Mary and other saints to be sent down to them, where they created a shrine.
  • The Pope blessed 33 pairs of Rosary beads that were sent down to the miners. In return, they sent the Pope a flag.
Of course, there would have been many prayers offered by those family and friends of the trapped miners, including minor Mario Gomez, who was the last up and their foreman, who fell to his knees in a prayer of thanks as he came up.

Some snippets - 
The 33 miners trapped in the San Jose Mine in Atacama, Chile have requested that statues and religious pictures be sent down to them as they wait to be rescued, reports CNN.
Chilean officials say the rescue could take months but that they hope to reach the miners by Christmas. The copper mine collapsed on August 5, and the 33 miners have been trapped in a space nearly half a mile underground ever since.
A small passageway has already been put in place so messages and supplies can be sent to the trapped miners.
Although a crucifix has already been sent down, the miners are continuing to request more statues of Mary and the saints – as well as a Chilean flag to construct a make-shift chapel. “The miners want to set up a section of the chamber they are in as a shrine,” Chilean’s Minister of Health, Jaime Manalich told CNN.
This week, President Sebastian Pinera spoke with the miners by phone and then placed a statue of St. Lorenzo, the patron of miners, in the presidential palace together with 32 Chilean flags and one Bolivian flag to represent each of the miners trapped since August 5. LINK

Lucia Friday night free for all

Chat time. For those that aren't going away on the long weekend ...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Lucia A language has to die in order to become immortal UPDATED

I'm really don't understand the kerfuffle around the potential death of the Maori language. At least it has been documented and thus saved from being lost forever. Anyone interested in learning Maori in the future will still have access to the stored written and audio data. If they are really worried that the audio could become unreadable and the paper be destroyed over time, then engraving the language on stone tablets would be the way to go.

No language lasts forever. Trying to make people learn a language they are not interested in learning and don't think is relevant, is a sure way to kill it off faster. And if Maori is left to die, then it can be preserved as is.  Because living languages mutate over time, and I doubt the purists would be happy with that, even if we were all speaking Maori as they might want.

Morte sola lingua immortalis fit*

Update: Found an opinion from a Maori academic that I agree with.

But David Rankin, a Maori academic and a leader of the Ngapuhi tribe, himself a fluent speaker, said it was a lost cause and Maori would not survive as a living language beyond a few more generations.

'Even those few of our children and grandchildren who are learning Maori still converse exclusively in English,' he said. 'That is the future, and we have to face up to it.'

He said Maori would still be used for ceremonial purposes as Latin is in the Catholic Church. 'More people still speak Latin than Maori now, and Latin is a dead language,' he said. 'I believe Maori will share the same fate.'

Rankin said it was wrong to believe that Maori culture would die without the language.

'Did Italian culture die when they lost Latin?' he asked. 'Did Russian culture die when they lost Old Slavonic? Maori culture is stronger than the language.'

He argued that the 100 million New Zealand dollars (75 million US dollars) the government spends annually on efforts to prop up the Maori tongue would be better invested in other areas of Maori development.

Related link: Yvonne Tahana: Read my lips - Maori language is dying ~ NZ Herald
Maori is a dying language, officials warn ~ Monsters and Critics
Translation found on: The only good language is a dead language ~ Vital Remnants

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Lucia Thinking about Islam, Christianity and Communists

For the last couple of days I've been pondering the following two articles. The first is Muslim Scholar Upholds Christian Presence in Middle East. The Muslim scholar was invited to a Vatican conference on the Middle East. He said at the conference that :
"The emigration of Christians is an impoverishment of the Arabic identity, of its culture and authenticity," said Sammak, who is an advisor to Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. He added that maintaining the Christian presence in the Middle East was a "common Islamic duty as much as a common Christian duty."
How often do we hear this sort of thing? Maybe some Muslims, just like some non-Christians see the value of Christianity among them, even though they do not wish to take that step themselves.

But the more interesting article was the linked one at the end of the first, introduced this way:
Those who have studied the roots of the violent conflicts in the Middle East have usually found that they stem not mainly from religious differences, but from the creation of terrorist organizations by secular agents sent to the Middle East from communist nations to exploit those historic differences to advance their own agenda of world domination.

For background information about how terrorists in the Middle East have been supported by communist states, see William F. Jasper’s exposé, “No State Sponsors, No Terror,” published here on August 18, 2009.
What's disturbing in this second article is the inference that Russia has taken up the old USSR's unfinished business.  While everyone is looking at Islam, those that pull the strings continue their work, unnoticed.

ZenTiger The Third Veitch

First he was a star, then a wife beater, and now is his chance for a new start. Paul Henry had to resign for what he said*, and Veitch resigned for what he did. Both crimes earn a life sentence in some circles. I wonder where our readers stand?

Do you think Tony Veitch should be goose-stepped off the airwaves by the third Reitch** of lefty/liberal public opinion, or should he be given a chance? Has he paid his debt to society or are the penalty interest rates still applying?

A timely question, given the interesting connection Lindsay made about other types of Jockeys and Trevor Mallard representative of the left. And also a general observation about liberals, conservatives and libertarians:
..One of the biggest disagreements between the political left and right is their conflicting notions of fairness. Across many surveys and experiments, we find that liberals think about fairness in terms of equality, whereas conservatives think of it in terms of karma. In our survey for, we asked Americans how much they agreed with a variety of statements about fairness and liberty, including this one: "Ideally, everyone in society would end up with roughly the same amount of money." Liberals were evenly divided on it, but conservatives and libertarians firmly rejected it.
Conservatives, liberals and libertarians

*Or did Paul Henry have to resign for what he thought.  What, punishment for thought crimes?  Is it legal for me to suggest this?

**OK, I know Veitch and Reich is an example of illiteration rather than alliteration, but I don't care.

Andrei A good reason why I wont buy a Toyota

Their New Zealand CEO, Alistair Davis, is an idiot - he thinks we should be paying more for petrol.

He claims it will save the planet or something. What a load of bollocks.

Of course his real motivation is flick off their boring silly little cars.
"But there obviously is a tipping point. For example, when the price of 91 octane petrol went past $2 a litre, it kick-started a trend that saw many motorists downsizing their vehicles," he said in an interview with the Taranaki Daily News.

Andrei Another media smear

More outrage in Belgium as Roman Catholic Church in Belgium, Archbishop Léonard, is slammed for comments in a book.

From the Sydney Morning Herald's report
The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Belgium sparked an uproar on Friday after the release of a new translation of a book in which he says the AIDS epidemic is a "sort of inherent justice" resulting from the "mistreatment of the profound nature of human love".
Note well the use of selective quotes to report what the Archbishop actually said.

the report continues
Coming just weeks after a report that detailed the abuse of hundreds of children by Catholic priests over several decades in Belgium, the comments of Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard has plunged the Church into a fresh controversy.

Political leaders, media, medical institutions and gay rights campaigners have all lined up to denounce his words.

After a non sequitur about the abuse scandal we are lead to a paragraph introducing the Archbishop's critics and if you follow the link you can read the litany of outrage provided by "[p]olitical leaders, media, medical institutions and gay rights campaigners".

So what did the Archbishop actually say?
What do you think about AIDS? Do you consider the disease as a ‘punishment from God for the sexual revolution?

“Someone once asked John Paul II if AIDS was a punishment from God. He then wisely answered that it is very difficult to know God’s intentions. I myself don’t reason in those terms at all. So I do not see this epidemic as a punishment, but at the most as a sort of immanent justice, sort of like how, in ecology, we are faced with the consequences of what we are doing to the environment. Maybe human love also responds when she is treated badly, without the need of a transcendent source. Maybe it is a sort of immanent justice, but as far as the concrete causes are concerned, doctors should some day be able to say how this disease came to be, how it was initially transmitted and then spread further… But considered more generally, I stick to something in the order of a sort of immanent justice. Badly handling physical nature causes it to treat us badly in turn and badly dealing with the deeper nature of human love will ultimately always lead to catastrophes on all levels.” Msgr. Léonard – conversations, pp. 173-174.
The Archbishop in an attempt, to get ahead of this, gave a news conference in which he said
Clarifying his remarks in a news conference, the archbishop said that “it was not about AIDS from a blood transfusion or as an illness with which someone has been born.”

“If someone gets lung cancer from smoking, the cancer is a sort of inherent justice,” he added. “The actions, consciously done, have a result.”
Now there's a thing, liberals disapprove of smoking so pointing out that smoking might give you cancer is no big thing but pointing out promiscuous, unnatural sex may lead to life threatening illness - well that is just not on. It's discriminatory.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Lucia Kinsey sex experiments on children

Where's the media outcry on this? In the 40's and 50's, an American university funded "sex-research" on more than 2,000 babies and children and there's .... nothing.

'Esther White' interview, Part 1
A victim of the 1940's Kinsey sex experiments speaks out

Stunner! My father was paid to rape me
Subject of 1940s 'research' goes public with horrific details of abuse by dad

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Lucia Do we need more "comprehensive sex education" for children?

Just the sort of thing I need to get me all riled up on a Sunday morning. But, I managed to save it until the evening.
A visiting American expert in adolescent sexual behaviour says better sex education programmes are needed in New Zealand schools.
Uh oh!
Dr Douglas Kirby has spent many years studying what makes some sex education programmes more effective than others, and believes that if New Zealand wants to address its high rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) it needs a more consistent and comprehensive approach towards teaching sex education in schools.
Still has me worried!
New Zealand has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the developed world, with about 28 teenagers out of 1000 having a child in any one year. We also have high rates of STIs, particularly chlamydia. A 2009 Public Health Surveillance Report found the national number of cases of diagnosed chlamydia rose by 25% between 2004 and 2008. About 71% of those affected were under 25.

It is estimated by public health officials that one-third of Year 9 and Year 10 pupils – most under the age of 15 – are having sexual relationships.

That age group of year 9 and 10 children having sex is pretty damn shocking.  When I was at high-school in the 80's, that was not happening.  That's 3rd and 4th formers!  My son's age!  I'm horrified.
Kirby, who is internationally known for his work in the field of adolescent sexuality, particularly for his reviews of the research on school and community programmes to reduce adolescent sexual risk-taking behaviours, said part of the problem in New Zealand appeared to be that sex education was not implemented with reliability.
And the parents are not helping. I've heard so many parents express the view that children are going to have sex early. There is no expectation of a higher standard even for their own children.  Many just give their kids condoms, probably in an effort to minimise the damage, but I'm sure this in some way gives those children the endorsement to go ahead.
A wide variation existed in schools as to what was taught and when. Ideally, sex education in schools should begin before students started to engage in sexual activity, Kirby said. At that point, the emphasis should be on abstinence as the only surefire way to prevent pregnancy and STIs.
Wow.  Amazing.  An international sex expert who endorses abstinence! 
But as students progressed through school, physically matured, and more of them engaged in sexual activity, the message should be broadened to include the importance of using condoms, or other forms of contraception.
But here he loses it.
"The programmes should be interactive so it is not just an educator lecturing to the students, but a programme which involves the students participating in games, exercises, simulations, role playing and a whole variety of things so that you really personalise the information that is given... so they themselves conclude that avoiding unprotected sex is really the right decision," said Kirby, who is in Wellington this weekend to speak at the Family Planning Conference. The conference draws together health professionals from around New Zealand to discuss sexual and reproductive health issues.
No, no, no!  Games, exercises, simulations, role playing sound like a great way of breaking down natural inhibitions, which will lead to greater sexual activity! 
Family Planning chief executive Jackie Edmond said the conference was an opportunity "to learn from the international experts and to do what we can to turn up the volume on the conversations that need to be had if New Zealanders are to benefit from improved sexual and reproductive health".
Family planning will happily learn from this international expert where he talks about the games, the exercise and role playing and simulations, but ignore anything he has to say on abstinence.  What little there was of it.

And why not expect abstinence from older teenagers? They are not animals. We expect them to control themselves enough so that they don't rape others, why not expect a lot more? Why not ask them to save themselves for the one they will commit to for the rest of their lives? Answer, because the adults educating them won't even be able to model that. Yet, that is the level of abstinence education that actually works. From my second linked article:
The most successful abstinence programs were those that emphasized the risk of pre-marital sexual activity. They showed how abstinence fully protects a young person from STD’s, teen pregnancy and emotional trauma. They underlined the importance of self-control and responsibility and gave students the positive goal of a stable and committed marriage towards which to work in future. At the same time, however, researchers also found that it was crucial to re-educate adolescents about abstinence each successive year.
Related links: Expert pushes for better sex education

“Comprehensive” Sex Education is Ineffective: Abstinence Works, Major National Study Shows

Andrei The penny has dropped in Germany

German bid at multi-cultural society has failed: Merkel.

This is bound to cause a furore but you can't maintain a workable society consisting of enclaves of people speaking different languages and holding different values and who do not want to integrate.

It inevitably leads to civil discord and disorder.

Angela Merkel has articulated it, now what?

Saturday, October 16, 2010

ZenTiger Here's your bill, excluding GST

I love the idea of publishing where our tax payer dollars go in the form of a receipt, much like what is suggested here: Tax Payer Receipt

We do get access to departmental expenditure, like your local Council's Annual Plan and Corporate Style Annual Reports, but I've never seen an "across government" view of expenditure. It's a good start. However, it doesn't go far enough. For one thing, I'd love to see a list of NGO's that are funded by tax payer dollars. I'd like to see different levels of detail, each total hyper-linking to a second level of detail, then to a third level of detail and so on.

I got this link from the Dim Post. I note some good points in the comments there, like it not accurately representing other taxation sources (business taxes, levies, ACC costs etc) and that there's a couple of grand in incidentals that aren't really mentioned. I suspect some of the costs are also misstated. Like the costs for paying elected representatives. Do those costs represent the huge superannuation costs, lifetime travel subsidies (or US equivalent perks) and the support staff and rentals? I wonder. I am also amazed at the relative cost for tax collection. I reiterate calls for a very real overhaul of the taxation system. It's very broken in the USA but I'm sure we could benefit here just as much.

I also note erroneous comments from Jordan: Interesting – wonder why this is a left-wing idea only?. Wrong. Please adjust your data perception filters.

ZenTiger December 2012

December 2012 could be the end of the world as we know it. No, not the Mayan calendar thing, I'm speaking of Simon Power's musing on internet regulation. Apparently, free speech interferes with democracy. Who would have thought? So the Law Commission is going to see how they can muzzle html pamphleteers. We get to send in a hand written response to this from December 2012. I'm making a note in my diary.

ZenTiger Off the top of my head

"Off the top of my head" is a bit of a strange expression. Rumour has it people used to be "talking through their hat" and once hats went, we then had to talk off the top of our head. Except those two phrases have distinctly different meanings, so I'm a tad suspicious.

I'm also a tad suspicious of the new Wellington Mayor. Celia Wade-Brown, an out of the closet Greenie (aren't they all?) I've looked at her headline policies for Wellington, and I am in agreement with them all. (I'll have to find the bigger list and check it twice). It could end up being a matter of the means used to justify the ends, which is often where Greenies and I part company, but she even wants to cut red tape for small and medium sized businesses. She could turn out to be a very interesting Mayor, and I wish her success, where it makes Wellington successful.

My week was another one of those intense weeks marked by little events that seemed to bear deep import. My son's pet mouse died yesterday, a sad event given this was a mouse that excelled at being a good pet. He was everything you could want in a mouse, was Ted. He died at a very ripe old age of 2yrs 5 months, which is a fairly good innings for a mouse. He died in my son's hand, looking relaxed and at peace. This event may seem somewhat trivial in the bigger scheme of things, but equally, what is trivial about death? It's something I think about as my sister fights the big C - and what a battle that is! An experience not easily put into words, so I'll talk instead about Ted. Ted was a great mouse.

I don't know them, but like the rest of the world, we all know of them. It has been said that deep down, miners are really nice people. Now that we've brought them back up, we can see they were also very brave and courageous people. I'm so glad they were rescued and the rescue operation, by all accounts was a triumph of human endeavour. On the other hand, if you really want to piss atheists off, I'd also have to say that they prayed, and their prayers were answered. Thank God for God.

And did you hear the one about the "out of work" artist that took a grant for $40,000 from Creative NZ (a tax payer funded grant) to create a beneficiaries office that promoted quitting one's job and going on the dole to avoid "slave labour". The real story with this one is that Creative NZ hands out 40K and didn't quite understand what the money was to be used for. That is a total disgrace, and Paul Henry should resign for their sins.

Paul Henry is an obvious choice, because he had to resign for assorted sins. So did Garrett so I expect both could step in on behalf of all the useless lefties unable to exercise the same measure of responsibility. And as the dust settles on those two affairs, I reflect that Chris Carter seems determined to keep the dust storm blowing, and I'm wondering if Henry meant a stereotypical New Zealander could have equally looked like a Maori. Ah well, there are just some things you can't say (if you aren't Maori) in this country. If someone could kindly send me the list, I'll post them on the blog so we can track them. Presuming I have sufficient disk space.

Have a good weekend, and leave a comment off the top of your head rather than keep it under your hat.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Lucia Friday night free for all

Chat time!

Andrei pointy headed prat beneficiary claims alcohol is cheaper than water

Get this headline on Stuff

Booze now cheaper than bottled water

Yeah right! The so called public health professor, whose comfortable existence no doubt comes from tax extracted from the working population, has acheived this headline by comparing apples with oranges.

To wit
Public Health Associate Professor Nick Wilson and fellow researcher Fiona Gunasekara found cask wine readily for sale at 62 cents per standard drink, beer at 64c and bottled wine at 65c.

That was cheaper than bottled water – at 67 cents per 250ml – and not much more than a 250ml glass of milk, at 43 cents.

A "standard drink" is one which contains 10g of alcohol - there is little to no alcohol in bottled water or milk so this comparison is nonsensical. Just a way of creating shock horror headlines.

This fellow who has job security and no doubt a nice salary thinks that the hoi polloi who do real work, digging in the mines or stacking the shelves at the warehouse shouldn't be allowed to have the pleasure of a glass or two of wine or a bottle of beer and that the GOVERNMENT should stop them by making it too expensive by adding even more TAX to raise the price.

More TAX revenue so that pointy head professors can feed even more deeply at the trough.

The fact the anybody gives this sort of rubbish oxygen seriously annoys me.

The "professor" should be fired as incompetent for these bogus numbers and put to work at minimum wage in a coal yard.

Doing real work might be good for his health.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Lucia Why do bad things happens to good people? (for LRO)

[..]It is not logically contradictory to say an all-powerful and all-loving God tolerates so much evil when he could eradicate it? Why do bad things happen to good people? The question makes three questionable assumptions.

First, who's to say we are good people? The question should be not “Why do bad things happen to good people?” but “Why do good things happen to bad people?” If the fairy godmother tells Cinderella that she can wear her magic gown until midnight, the question should be not “Why not after midnight?” but “Why did I get to wear it at all?” The question is not why the glass of water is half empty but why it is half full, for all goodness is gift. The best people are the ones who are most reluctant to call themselves good people. Sinners think they are saints, but saints know they are Sinners. The best man who ever lived once said, “No one is good but God alone. “

Second, who's to say suffering is all bad? Life without it would produce spoiled brats and tyrants, not joyful saints. Rabbi Abraham Heschel says simply, “The man who has not suffered, what can he possibly know, anyway?” Suffering can work for the greater good of wisdom. It is not true that all things are good, but it is true that “all things work together for good to those who love God.”

Third, who's to say we have to know all God's reasons? Who ever promised us all the answers? Animals can't understand much about us; why should we be able to understand everything about God? The obvious point of the Book of Job, the world's greatest exploration of the problem of evil, is that we just don't know what God is up to. What a hard lesson to learn: Lesson One, that we are ignorant, that we are infants! No wonder Socrates was declared by the Delphic oracle to be the wisest man in the world. He interpreted that declaration to mean that he alone knew that he did not have wisdom, and that was true wisdom for man.

A child on the tenth story of a burning building cannot see the firefighters with their safety net on the street. They call up, “Jump! We'll catch you. Trust us. “ The child objects, “But I can't see you.” The firefighter replies, “That's all right. I can see you.”

Read the whole article: The Problem of Evil

Lucia Despair as a foundation of modern society

Four years ago I wrote a post a post on the Neo-Pagans, which spawned the most amazing comment thread. Here it is, in the web-archive. Given that primitive religions are also making a comeback, I think it's worth reproducing that post here.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fletch Pro Life Month - The Ecology of Abortion

Photo of foetus smiling at 17 weeks.
October is Pro Life month, so I thought I'd post about some things I'd been thinking about recently; namely, about ecology. Well first, what does ecology mean? According to the dictionary, it is -
the branch of biology dealing with the relations and interactions between organisms and their environment, including other organisms.
OK, so that's when I started thinking about some of these "greenies", or environmentalists. Why would many of them accept abortion? Let's imagine a scenario: What if there was a marshland that someone wanted to clear and build on, but there were some nesting ducks in the way. The ducks flew off with the noise of the approaching bulldozers, leaving their eggs behind, and the developers just wanted to bulldoze right over the nests and crush the eggs because they weren't convenient being where they were. They were in the way.

Wouldn't environmentalists be jumping up and down and loudly complaining that the natural ecology wasn't being respected, was being disturbed by man and that you can't just kill eggs that way because they will hatch into ducks? That it was unnatural, and an invasion of the environment, which must always be respected.

How is this different from abortion? From the natural ecology of the body? What gives man the right to go in to the environment of the womb, and disturb the natural ecological process happening there by killing and removing the growing life, just for (9 times out of 10) reasons of convenience? Just because he can? And yet these same environmentalists would get livid at another natural ecology being violated.

That seems very hypocritical to me.

ps, link to story of smiling foetus at 17 weeks, pictured above,  HERE

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Lucia Superstition encouraged at Te Papa

Pregnant or menstruating women are asked to not go to a special behind the scenes exihibit at Te Papa, because something "bad" could happen if they do.

This is superstition, plain and simple. When Christianity declines, barbaric superstitions fill the void.

But wait, there's more.
Women cannot go into the garden, on to the beach or in the kitchen when they are menstruating.

“It’s a very serious violation of tapu for women to do those things while menstruating. Women cannot have anything to do with the preparation of food while they are menstruating.”

I’m stunned. I wonder if women who are menstruating are “sacred” (like pregnant women) and therefore the food will do something bad to them if they touch it. Likewise the garden, full of evil things like plants and rocks.

So, what will happen if Maori ever manage to get hold of the beaches*. Will menstruating women be banned from them? Will there be special police around making sure that menstruating women do not set foot there? The mind boggles.

Hattip: Lance on Kiwiblog

Related link: Anger at Te Papa ban on pregnant women

* 13 year old son made this connection.

Monday, October 11, 2010

ZenTiger Sustainability hits the ceiling

We don't need the AGW scare mongering to understand that reducing energy consumption is a good thing, and part of sensible and sustainable living. I get annoyed with the one off yearly feel good "raise awareness" activities like switching lights off for an hour, that do little more than make school children think they are saving the planet.

Here's something simple that might have a measurable impact on ones power bill, assuming that one uses an air conditioning unit in the summer rather than open the windows...paint the roof white, or even better, use roofing materials designed to reflect the sun's heat and minimise house cooling requirements. Apparently, it makes little difference to the house in the winter months.

My roof is up for replacement in the next few years, and I installed a heat pump (known as an air conditioner in the summer) and this could save some big bucks off my power bill.

Lucia Crusades Myths

A link to a page full of links to good articles: Myths, Misunderstandings, and Controversies. Inspired by a comment on KiwiBlog.

From one of the links: Crusade Propaganda:

The crusades are quite possibly the most misunderstood event in European history. Ask a random American about them and you are likely to see a face wrinkle in disgust, or just the blank stare that is usually evoked by events older than six weeks. After all, weren’t the crusaders just a bunch of religious nuts carrying fire and sword to the land of the Prince of Peace? Weren’t they cynical imperialists seeking to carve out colonies for themselves in faraway lands with the blessings of the Catholic Church? A couch potato watching the BBC/A&E documentary onthe crusades (hosted by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame no less) would learn in roughly four hours of frivolous tsk-tsk-ing that the peaceful Muslim world actually learned to be warlike from the barbaric western crusaders. No wonder, then, that Pope John Paul II was excoriated for his refusal to apologize forthe crusades in 1999. No wonder that a year ago Wheaton College in Illinois dropped their Crusader mascot of 70 years. No wonder that hundreds of Americans and Europeans recently marched across Europe and the Middle East begging forgiveness forthe crusades from any Muslim or Jew who would listen. No wonder.

Now put this down in your notebook, because it will be on the test: The crusades were in every way a defensive war. They were the West’s belated response to the Muslim conquest of fully two-thirds of the Christian world. While the Arabs were busy in the seventh through the tenth centuries winning an opulent and sophisticated empire, Europe was defending itself against outside invaders and then digging out from the mess they left behind. Only in the eleventh century were Europeans able to take much notice of the East. The event that led to the crusades was the Turkish conquest of most of Christian Asia Minor (modern Turkey). The Christian emperor in Constantinople, faced with the loss of half of his empire, appealed for help to the rude but energetic Europeans. He got it. More than he wanted, in fact.

Fletch Pimp Pam Corkery [update - video link]

[Update] you can watch the video yourself now HERE

I have just seen Pam Corkery interviewed on Good Morning talking about her new brothel business; it's a service consisting of male hookers especially for women clients. I watched the whole interview pretty much shaking my head at what this distasteful woman was saying. As the video of her appearance is not up online yet, I will try to summarise in my own words until I can update.

The interviewer Hadyn asked her how she had come up with the idea. Pam said that she had just gotten over her alcoholism and was driving around one day and feeling like she'd "like some" (sex), but that she just wanted the sex and then to be able to pay the man to go away after because she'd been married three times already and wasn't after anything more meaningful. By chance her friend had also just broken up and she also was feeling needy and so they decided to go into business together and start up a brothel especially for women to go to.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

ZenTiger Paul Henry Gone. Hal Lewis Gone.

Yes, Paul Henry has resigned. So has Hal Lewis.

Hal Lewis, Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara has resigned from the American Physical Society, partly over his belief that the science process undertaken by the scientists involved in ClimateGate was not science at all:
Your own Physics Department (of which you are chairman) would lose millions a year if the global warming bubble burst. When Penn State absolved Mike Mann of wrongdoing, and the University of East Anglia did the same for Phil Jones, they cannot have been unaware of the financial penalty for doing otherwise. As the old saying goes, you don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing. Since I am no philosopher, I’m not going to explore at just which point enlightened self-interest crosses the line into corruption, but a careful reading of the ClimateGate releases makes it clear that this is not an academic question.

I want no part of it, so please accept my resignation.
Meanwhile, Michael Mann is very firm on the idea the science is settled, and anyone who disputes his methods to prove it are themselves anti-science:

Fletch Paul Henry Gone

Yes, this evening Paul Henry fell on his sword and resigned from TVNZ.
It is no longer practical in the current environment for me to do the job I was employed to do, and have so enjoyed doing," Mr Henry said tonight.
"It is also difficult for TVNZ to get on with the business of being a first class broadcaster as long as I remain."
I admit that Paul could go too far sometimes, but at least he had the ability to cut through a lot of left-wing BS and could often give interview subjects a good grilling when they started spouting PC nonsense. He will be missed in that regard, while TVNZ will probably hire a forelock-tugging, "yes ma'am" broadcaster to replace him.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

ZenTiger Blogging Ethics

Wellington City Councilor Rob Goulden turned his hand to blogging to help raise his profile, and tell us a little more about himself. It worked, we now know he isn't strong on matters of ethics and morality.

Apparently, he sees nothing wrong with posting comments under multiple identities praising himself, or making over-the-top accusations against himself. Well, he's wrong, and I trust I don't need to explain why. Anyway, don't take my word for it, lets look at a range of opinions I've canvassed:

Andrei Saturday evening curiosities

If local body politics bores you, as it does me, perhaps something completely different might just the tonic.

I give you a song by Tsagaan Zam singing about his mother, in Kalmykian. If you haven't heard of Kalmykia don't worry, its a small country with a population equivalent to that of Otago and which counts as being in Europe, just.

It has a predominantly Mongolian population, descendants of the Golden Horde who got their country by protecting Russia's southern border against the depredations of the Turks.

If you listen carefully you will hear a style of singing where two voices emerge from one throat, which is pretty amazing if you think about it. Enjoy or not as the case may be.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Lucia Friday night free for all

Time to chat!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Andrei Happy Birthday Mr Putin

It's his birthday today, this is what he got a couple of years ago - I wonder what he'll get this time?

Lucia Corruption of Innocence leads to abortion

Sex education to children, encouragement to use contraception, all this leads to abortion.
If the pro-life movement is to gain any headway, pro-life leaders must confront the root of the attack against the culture of life – the corruption of innocence through sex education and contraception, says Mercedes Arzu Wilson, founder and president of Family of the Americas and a pioneer in the natural family planning movement.

“We have been ignoring the root of the problem all these years,” says Wilson. “The diabolical forces don’t care how much we fight abortion, as long as you don’t touch the source that brings women to abort.”

According to Wilson, the source is the “corruption of innocence that eventually leads to the devaluation of human life, which is manifested through abortion and other sinful deeds.”

The “graphic sexuality ‘education’” taught by Planned Parenthood and its collaborators “is actually indoctrination,” she says. “We’re promoting all kinds of perversions to little children. ... If parents really saw what is being taught to their children, they would be horrified.”

These programs encourage children to experiment sexually and purport to teach them methods of “safe sex,” she explained. By handing out or encouraging the use of condoms and the pill, she said the schools encourage a mentality that expects sex without procreation. When the contraceptives fail, abortion is used as the final solution.

“As long as pornographic sex information continues being taught in public and even Catholic schools, abortion will continue,” she said.

She noted further that two out of three women who obtain abortions were using contraception when they got pregnant. “Planned Parenthood knows that it’s not going to work, so they’re ready to offer the next service, which is induced abortion,” she said.

Far more abortions occur through contraception than induced abortion, she added, noting that the pill and other contraceptive methods are designed, in part, to kill the newly-conceived embryo by preventing implantation in his or her mother’s womb. “Why is it that so little effort is made to stop the widespread use of artificial methods of birth control that cause more abortions, and have been responsible for the moral decay worldwide?” she asked.

Related link: Pro-Lifers Will Fail Unless We Confront the ‘Corruption of Innocence’, Says Leader

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

ZenTiger One contract to bind them all

One contract to bind them all? The last time that was tried, things went terribly wrong. Hobbitses was hurtses. And it seems it might happen again, with the Hobbits being moved off to the land of mordor, somewhere near Hungary I think.

I'm actually not sure what all the fuss is about, but I'll give it a go: An Australian union for Actors want to establish a minimum set of hiring standards and wages for NZ actors for the Hobbit production. Due to the current employment laws in NZ, apparently, this cannot be used as a binding contract, so it might be pointless. But the Union is fine with that, because it feels it necessary to establish a non-binding baseline. Except there is already some pink coloured book that does this. Nevertheless, the union just wants to have nice friendly informal talks with PJ to draw up a contract template. Until those nice friendly talks eventuate, they have encouraged the hobbits, treants, rangers and wights to go on strike. And apparently Gandalf approves of this.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

ZenTiger Voting weirdness in local body elections

It just strikes me as strange that the vote count can be published well before polling closes, as I've noticed happening during these elections. I'm not sure what influence that might have on the outcome, but I can see detrimental side effects. I wonder why the vote tally is not kept confidential until after the polls close?

Fletch Double Standards at The Hand Mirror [update]

[update] I have just been informed that it was two different people on The Hand Mirror posting about the abortion rally and the abortion of calves. It remains to be seen whether their views on these issues coincide, but I would be very surprised if they have different viewpoints on these issues. Until then, I am acknowledging that these are different blog authors.

Well, I don't know what to say really.
On Sunday, the blogger at feminist blog The Hand Mirror did a post encouraging her supporters to protest outside the Court of Appeal in Wellington today to stand up for their right to abortion. She is horrified that women have to jump through so many hoops in order to procure an abortion -
Our current law requires women to jump through many hoops before they can get access to abortion. Join the demo to demand that the current law is repealed, rather than interpreted more conservatively.
Then today, she has another post in which she is "appalled" at the practice of some farmers aborting calves so that cows will start milk production earlier. An article describing it "really had her fuming". She says -
i wonder if the practice of farming itself causes some people to become desensitised, as a coping mechanism. i could understand that. but this is more reason to have scrutiny of what goes on at the farm, particularly by those who aren't so directly involved in the processes. transparency can only be a good thing when it comes to ensuring animals are treated humanely.
I wonder if the common practice of abortion of human babies leaves her and some of the population "desensitized"? It sure seems to. I just can't fathom how someone can be so outraged by the practice in cows, and yet encourages the abortion of human babies as a woman's choice.

As it turns out, only about 50 women showed up outside the court today, chanting "Hey mister, mister keep your laws off my sister". Er, OK. I would have shouted back, "keep your hands off my unborn sister"

ZenTiger Sistine Chapel Walk Through

If art has a ceiling, then it may well be the Sistine Chapel. This virtual walk through is fairly cool if you have some bandwidth to burn: Sistine Chapel

Monday, October 4, 2010

ZenTiger Appalling Henry

Paul Henry has played the race card. It may have been a joke, but it was just as funny as when Hone tried it. Like, not.

The TVNZ Breakfast host asked John Key if Sir Anand was actually a New Zealander. He then asked the Prime Minister if someone who looked more like a New Zealander would be the next Governor General.

By gosh, Henry has a point. What does a real New Zealander look like? Given that we are denied the choice of even calling ourselves "New Zealander" on the census, I suddenly wondered if we might be suffering a National Identity Crisis.

Is a New Zealander some-one you cannot bring home to Hone?

I canvassed a few of my neighbours, and they did seem to be mostly white. They were also mostly woolly, and to be frank, sheep-like. Like the PC crowd that will no doubt bleat about this. Naughty Paul Henry. Baaaaa. Baaaad. Baaaaad.

Ooh err, I think I'll join them.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Lucia Google Latin Translation

Google now provides Latin as one of it's translation options. Cool.

Here's a comparison of translations provided by WDTPRS.  The last one is Fr Z.'s personal translation:

Omnipotens sempiterne Deus,
qui abundantia pietatis tuae
et merita supplicum excedis et vota,
effunde super nos misericordiam tuam,
ut dimittas quae conscientia metuit,
et adicias quod oratio non praesumit.

Almighty and everlasting God,
who in the abundance of Thy goodness
and exceed the proper and just punishment and vows,
pour it out upon us mercy,
‘so that the consciousness of forgive
what they fear him and will add to what we do not dare to ask.

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the abundance of Your goodness
surpass both the merits and the prayerful vows of suppliants,
pour forth Your mercy upon us,
so that You set aside those things which our conscience fears,
and apply what our prayer dares not.

Related link: Google Translator v. Lame-Duck ICEL – COLLECT 27th Sunday ~ WDTPRS

Friday, October 1, 2010

Lucia Friday night free for all

There was sun today! And I'm still not used to daylight savings, though I am enjoying the extra light. One more week of school holidays left...

Fletch Disgusting Climate Change Propaganda Film [Update]

[Update] I see that the ad has now been pulled by the 10:10 site. At least they have had the good sense to respond to what must be a lot of complaint throughout the blogosphere.

The warmists are at it again, this time with black humour. There is a new campaign called '1010 Global' which aims to lower carbon footprints by 10% starting in 2010. OK, so some people believe in human-caused global warming and some do not, but it's the way in which they have been promoting it that really makes me shake my head in wonder. Check it out, if you want to see. It's a global warminst's film fantasy - to blow up anyone who won't take part in their little campaign. The film shows various scenarios, starting with a class of children in which a teacher asks how many students will take part in the effort to reduce carbon by 10%. The two students who do not agree to take part ("no pressure" says the teacher), are blown up by the teacher - blood splattering and covering the other children in the class.

The same scenario is played out in an office, and on a sports field.

I'm sorry, but I just didn't find it funny. As I said before, it's a warmist wish-fulfillment wet-dream: anyone who doesn't agree with their point of view is blown up graphically.

hattip: 'Lazybum'  - commenter on Kiwiblog

Fletch TV Goes From Bad To Worse

I've noticed that in the Editorials page of the paper version of the NZ Herald that recent letters over the last few days have been very critical of the shows playing on TV here. I have to agree; there is hardly anything worth watching anymore, and the number of crime shows seems to be increasing. There seems to be a slew of shows obsessed with violent crime such as Criminal Minds, Special Victims Unit, CSI, NCIS, City Homicide,  etc. Now, I don't think there's anything wrong with a good crime show, but why so many and so violent? There's a huge jump between the shows we used to watch as kids (Magnum P.I, Remington Steele, etc) to the violence that is displayed on TV today.

There's a new show on Sky tomorrow (thankfully we don't get Sky) about mobsters in the prohibition era that promises to -
Be prepared for black-faced minstrels, raunchy sex scenes, corpse nudity, shoot-outs, midget boxing and chilling 'moiders' – 'Boardwalk Empire' doesn't hold back. No wonder it's already been renewed for a second season.
Producers seem to be intent on pushing the boundaries as much as they can more and more. I couldn't quite believe it when flicking through the TV listings today that there is a new show on TVNZ, made in Britain, in which the whole show is about people having to turn up for work at their office naked: that's it - the whole premise of the show. And that this somehow will improve office relations. Where will it end?

One letter writer in yesterday's Herald said that soon, people just won't watch TV any more and it will die out. One can only hope...