The best anti-Nanny state ad ever…

June 7, 2012

From James Paterson

Michael Bloomberg has done it again: I reckon this is the dumbest Nanny State proposal ever. For once, even the left isn’t sure it’s a good idea! (But we should be grateful it gave us the best anti-Nanny State ad too, on a full page of the New York Times this week). It’s even dumber than this from the UK this week during the Queen’s Jubilee.

And are we so stupid that we don’t realise novelty globes should not be used for navigation? The 2012 Wacky Warning Labels Contest suggests the answer is…definitely.

But here’s some good news. The US government has confirmed there is no such thing as zombies. Phew! (It’s up there with this congressional declaration that pizza is not a vegetable.)

The video everyone is talking about this week is this hard-hitting 12 minute documentary defending free speech, by a young Melbourne film maker. Watch it – you will not be disappointed. Oh, and it turns out Bob Brown is not a fan of Chris Berg’s book! We sent every MP, plus judges and journalists a copy last week with this letter. (It sounds like Barack Obama might enjoy it though – his State Department is concerned by the Andrew Bolt case.)

Canadian investigative journalist and author of this great exposé on the IPCC, Donna Laframboise, is touring Australia in July with the IPA. Donna was on The Bolt Report last October. Book here to see her in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

Australia lost a great champion for freedom this week with the passing of Neville Kennard. Jennifer Marohasy has written this lovely eulogy. And here’s Nev writing for the IPA Review in September 2008 on flat taxes in the Caucasus.

These are two great opportunities for young people: the Conservative Leadership Foundation has launched its 2012 essay competition with excellent prizes. And the Centre for Independent Studies is welcoming applications for their very informative Liberty and Society conference for students.

If you’re in Melbourne and considering going to the National Gallery of Victoria’s Napoleon exhibition then this fascinating article by IPA board member Michael Kroger in The Age on Wednesday will whet your appetite.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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