Can you guess the most popular Hey story this year?

December 13, 2012

From John Roskam

After the 1,038,382 individual Hey…What did I miss? emails we’ve sent since the beginning of the year to the 22,946 of you who receive it, we can tell you the hits and the misses for 2012.

The most popular single story was:

followed by:

Here’s the three things you had absolutely no interest in:

And here’s my personal favourite, it’s from Boris Johnson of course.

And of course it wouldn’t be Hey without something dangerous and something stupid from England. The dangerous is this from Tuesday this week. The stupid was this from Monday.

This is the last Hey for 2012. We’re back in January. Have a nice Christmas.

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Collingwood supporters beware

December 6, 2012

From James Paterson

The IPA’s Tim Wilson is in Doha, Qatar as one of the only free-marketeers observing the latest round of global climate talks. Before he left, he wrote this piece for The Australian on why Australia is totally out of step with the rest of the world on climate change.

But as they say, sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words – check out this photo Tim sent through of the size of the Australian delegation! And with 17,000 people at the conference, it’s a shame to see so few people turning up to a presentation by the Gillard government’s representative, Mark Dreyfus. (Tim says half of the 52-strong audience are Australian).

I think this is probably the craziest Nanny State story I’ve read this year. It’s from the UK (of course). And it involves chocolate pudding.

But is it as silly as the Australian Human Rights Commission suggesting we need to advertise cyber safety messages offline, because older people…don’t use the internet? Or perhaps it is as silly as saying you’ve been discriminated against because someone refused to cut your hair. (This is a very funny article from Canada’s National Post on the scandal).

Nothing can top this though: a three month jail sentence for…shouting at the soccer.

Lots of Hey readers will no doubt be looking forward to The Hobbit. But you should be grateful it was made in New Zealand and not Australia, as this great article from Bloomberg yesterday explains.

Last week we told you to look forward to the International Year of the Quinoa in 2013. Catallaxy Files suggests an alternative resolution for the UN to pass, and uncovers a disturbing link between UN symbolic observances and climate change.

Finally, here is a great long read from the November issue of Standpoint – if you really want to ‘Make Poverty History’ then it’s time to cut foreign aid.

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Don’t roll your eyes at me

November 29, 2012

From James Paterson

Last week we told you about the latest threat to free speech in Australia: the Gillard government’s anti-discrimination law ‘reforms’. IPA Legal Rights Project Director Simon Breheny had this must read article in The Australian on Friday explaining why the laws are so dangerous.

But never mind free speech, you may not even have free use of your eyeballs in the office – rolling your eyes and having one-on-one meetings with your staff might also get you sued!

This week hasn’t been a great one for freedom in the UK.

In just a few hours Prime Minister David Cameron will announce his response to the Leveson Inquiry, which is believed to have recommended unprecedented government regulation of the media. Conservative backbenchers are very worried about what their government will do – read their letter supporting press freedom. The editor of The Spectator says he’s prepared to go to jail rather than comply with a new regulator. Here’s what the IPA’s Chris Berg thinks of the inquiry.

And then there’s this. Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council this week took three children from their foster parents because the parents were members of the UK Independence Party. In this great piece on Spiked, Brendan O’Neill explains how Britain got to this point.

It was Thanksgiving last week in the United States. ReasonTV explains why we should be grateful for private property rights. This Chinese couple obviously agrees.

And lastly, because I know none of you would want to miss out, please mark in your diaries that next year is the International Year of Quinoa. The IPA is still figuring out how we will celebrate this momentous occasion, but when we do we will let you know. In the meantime enjoy this humourous piece from the IPA’s Tim Wilson on the stupidity of symbolic days and years.

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Don’t call me the A-word

November 22, 2012

From James Paterson

This week the Attorney General Nicola Roxon unveiled new draft anti-discrimination laws. They are terrible for two reasons: they overturn the onus of proof, and they restrict free speech. In this short videothe IPA’s Simon Breheny explains the changes:

If you don’t want us to end up like Britain (where it is now racist to call someone “Australian”) or India (where their press council chairman said they “must crush freedom of press”) or America (where they now have “free speech zones” on some university campuses) then please consider joining the IPA or donating to our ongoing Freedom of Speech Fighting Fund.

This has to be a first: a health and safety message that isn’t completely crap, from Metro Trains. Mumbrella explains how it got 14 million views in one week. Personally I put it down to the privatisation of Victoria’s train network.

Here’s the video you’ve always wanted to send your anti-capitalist friend. It’s by the great team at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and it is based on Leonard Read’s famous essay, ‘I, Pencil’.

If that doesn’t work, send them this great rant by Judge Judy on entitlements. It’s terrific.

You’ve no doubt always wondered which Bond villain plots would actually work in real life. Wonder no longer. And this could be out of a Bond movie: the secret service destroys all traces of the President’s DNA to prevent foreign spy agencies from collecting his biological data.

As we approach Christmas you must be wondering what to buy the free-marketeer in your life. If they’re not already an IPA member you should buy them a gift membership. If they are, then try this great list of the best books in liberalism published in 2012, compiled by the IPA’s Julie Novak.

If you’re in Melbourne on Monday you might like to attend this event with the author of Little Green Lies, Jeff Bennett, hosted by Connor Court.

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