North Korea Threat Is Boosting Global Preparation for Missile Attacks
Earlier this week, congressional defense committees approved a measure rerouting more than $400 million into the national missile defense program, a direct response to the threat posed by North Korea’s continued missile tests. The money will go toward accelerating Navy …
Claims of Sexism in New Zealand Don’t Have Much Evidence
The newly elected leader of the New Zealand Labour party, Jacinda Ardern, became a feminist icon this morning after two TV and radio show hosts asked her what effect starting a family would have on her should she become prime …
Thunder Down Under: Aussie Columnist Fights Off Antifa
Forget the Thrilla in Manila. On Tuesday, in Melbourne, Australia, Andrew Bolt — a conservative columnist for the Herald Sun and a commentator for Sky News — was attacked by two left-wing “protesters.” They got a little more than they …
What the U.S. Can Learn from Australia’s ‘Super’ Retirement System
In 1697, black swans were first discovered in Western Australia. In 1983, Australians discovered a golden goose. This is the true story of the Eighth Wonder of the World: Australian Superannuation. In a new political history, Keating’s and Kelty’s Super Legacy: The …
When Undiplomatic Talk Wasn’t Awful
There were two Trump-administration scandals du jour on Thursday. One concerned a joke the president made at the National Prayer Breakfast, in which he asked those present to pray for better ratings for his successor on the New Celebrity Apprentice …
Australia’s Liberal-Party Voters Aren’t Happy with the Ousting of Tony Abbott
Reading today’s media coverage of the Aussie Liberal-party backroom coup that ousted Tony Abbott and made Malcolm Turnbull prime minister makes it clear what happened. It was an old-fashioned establishment coup. Corporate Australia is delighted; they can work with …
Climate Conference Collapsing
The global warming crowd just experienced a double whammy.
COP 19 was shocked when China led a block of 132 nations in a walkout over “loss and damage.”
Loss and damage is an entirely bogus concept which would assign legal liability to …
John O’Sullivan on John Howard
Some people turn you off at the first syllable. But I could listen to John O’Sullivan for hours. You won’t have to commit that much time, but do take some and listen to our colleague, Down Under at …
The Persecution of Cardinal George Pell
Let’s get the “full disclosure” out of the way up front: Cardinal George Pell and I have been friends for 50 years, and collaborators in different projects for 25.
The Victoria police in his native Australia have now announced that they …
What Our Grandmothers Knew That Their College-Grad Granddaughters Don’t
The number of foolish statements made by men and women who consider themselves feminists is essentially equal to the number of people who strongly identify as feminists.
I write “strongly identify” because, if asked, “Are you a feminist?” most women …
City Installs ‘Female’ Traffic Signals for Equality, Gets Slammed for Stereotyping Women as Skirt-Wearing
The city of Melbourne, Australia, has started installing dress-wearing, “female” traffic signals in the name of gender equality, and now they’re being hit for perpetuating the sexist idea that women should wear dresses.
According to an article in the …
Fiction Writer Defends Writing Fiction; SJWs Outraged
Who says literary festivals can’t be dramatic? Via the New York Times:
Officials in charge of an Australian writers festival [the Brisbane Writers Festival, which ended Sunday] were so upset with the address by their keynote speaker, the American …
It’s the Same the Whole World Over . . .
My colleague on Quadrant Online, Roger Franklin, shivering in Melbourne during Down Under’s very wintry winter, has been keeping track of climate predictions from Australia’s official weather wonks:
On May 28, the Bureau of Meteorology did what it does …