Tuesday, 15 March 2011 14:54
Yes, you might say 'I knew that!'
There's a lot of blue highlighting here - that's just some of the findings of a new study in the United Kingdom supporting the traditional family of a man and woman and their biological children.
The study has found that "life satisfaction is higher for those [children] living with both their biological parents".
The study, called Understanding Society, is part of a £50 million, government-funded study. This section of the study questioned about 14,000 households. The study is being conducted by academics from the universities of Essex, Oxford, Warwick and Surrey.
The Telegraph reported that the study reinforced the central importance of the traditional family unit to children's development. The study even found that eating a meal together as a family contributes to happiness!!!
Now that's something we could have told you!!!
The study has found that "not living with both natural parents has a greater negative impact on a young person's life satisfaction than their material situation".
The study found 'Married couples are most likely to be happy with their relationships, while family breakdown does more damage to children than living in poverty'.
The study also found that marriage has a significant effect on happiness...
The study found that, "after controlling for a range of characteristics, cohabiting people are significantly less happy in their relationships than married people".
However, the study warns that the longer a couple stays together the more dissatisfied partners are likely to become with each other. It also found that parents of children under the age of five come under the greatest strain.
These are also things we know - these findings highlight how we all need to work at marriage and parenting and seek help and support when needed. Putting God at the centre of our marriage is the first step.
Christian Institute Report - 14 March 2011.
Children who live with both natural parents are happier
Article at The Telegraph - 28 Feb 2011:
Happiness is...living and eating with your parents
The actual study:
Understanding Society:Early findings from the first wave of the UK's household longitudinal study is the first volume of early research findings using Wave 1, Year 1 of the survey data.
Homepage for the Study's Report - click here
Full Report - 2.94 MB - 140 pages - click here.
Summary of Results of study - 16 pages - click here.
Thursday, 10 March 2011 09:27
Yes, the annual Sydney homosexual mardi gras parade was held last Saturday, 5 March.
Many news agencies didn't report an actual crowd figure, with some just saying "thousands lined the streets".
At 6.56 am on Sat 5th, AAP reported that "THOUSANDS from around the world are expected to line the streets of Sydney tonight for the 34th annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade..." The article was posted at The Australian and News.com
But that was BEFORE they were told the 'official estimate' by the organisers.
Later that day, AAP dutifully reported the organisers' estimate of "up to 300,000" will line the streets ... and that was at 3 pm, more than five hours BEFORE the parade even started! And rain was already scheduled...
The article was titled... Sydney prepares for Mardi Gras parade. AAP - March 5, 2011 - 3:19PM
"... Up to 300000 spectators are expected"
This AAP article, as posted at The Age and other papers, was later altered to record that...
"Thousands lined the streets [for] the 34th annual parade, with revellers maintaining their enthusiasm despite the cold winds and sporadic rain. Although official crowd numbers were not yet available, up to 300,000 spectators from Australia and overseas are expected to have turned out for the celebrations."
Now that's an interesting combination of estimates!
The ABC initially didn't report on the crowd figures, but by 8.15 they were reporting "around 300,000 spectators". This was repeated in the Sunday evening news broadcasts.
When will the media learn that they can't fit that many people in the street, even if it was TOTALLY packed with people?
Quoting the mardi gras organisers' 'estimate' is hardly reliable and destroys their credibility.
The ABC even reported "Organisers say this year's parade is the biggest in Mardi Gras' history and is a time to reflect on the progress that has been made and the challenges still ahead."
Just a minute... the biggest?
Do they mean the most spectators?
What about the supposed 700,000 people they had in 1998?
Do they mean participants?
According to them (and/or homosexual media) they had 8,500 this year - but they claimed 10,000 participants in 2010 (and one media report and another in 2008 claimed 10,000 participants).
Do they mean the most floats?
This year the SSO, a homosexual paper, claimed there were 135 floats (though one media report said 150!)
In 2009 it was claimed there were 134 floats and in 2010 a figure of 140 was mentioned and the official list had 137 entries.
So hardly the biggest....
Thursday, 10 March 2011 09:14
A top policeman in NSW has highlighted the terror threat in NSW and says they are currently investigating 12 cases.
The Australian reports:
"THE terror threat posed by extremists is alive and well, says the head of the NSW Police THE terror threat posed by extremists is alive and well, says the head of the NSW Police counter-terrorism team, whose officers are now investigating 12 cases.
Assistant Commissioner Peter Dein, chief of the NSW Police Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Command, said the terror planners were moving away from traditional targets, such as critical infrastructure, towards "places of mass gathering", such as transport hubs and sporting venues.
Just months after ASIO director-general David Irvine revealed that his agency was investigating hundreds of terrorism leads, Mr Dein said the number of live investigations hinted at the scale of the counter-terrorism challenge that still confronted authorities more than 10 years after the September 11 attacks on the US, and the destructive potential of violent extremists.
But he emphasised that none of his command's 12 investigations was at the stage where it represented an imminent threat to the community.
Mr Dein said the investigations included cases such as the financing of terrorism overseas, membership of terrorist groups, an interest in leaving Australia and engaging in foreign military activity, and a number of threats directed at the local community "that we are yet to establish the severity of".
See full article in The Australian - click here.
Andrew Bolt writes on this issue today -
blog titled 'Are any of these threats from Buddhists or Presbyterians? - click here - and reminds us that he has previously spoken of the problems in his column on Feb 19, 2011 titled Shouting "racism" won't fix this problem" .
He notes that that the real problem isn't racism - he says that there is a real problem of "Muslim integration". . . .
One concern in the labelling of some crime activity in NSW as being 'Middle Eastern Crime' is that this description unfairly targets Lebansese Christians when they are not the problem...
Tuesday, 08 March 2011 10:44
Tim Blair's 'Letter to the PM'
Following on from our email about the proposed carbon tax, here is commentator Tim Blair's insightful 'Letter to the Prime Minister' about her proposed carbon tax'. [Published in the Daily Telegraph]
He uses humour, and it might be funny if it wasn't so serious an issue....
His letter begins...
There's a lot you haven't told us - The Daily Telegraph - Feb 28, 2011.
DEAR Prime Minister Gillard,
Thank you for making the weather nicer by forcing us to pay more for everything. Who knew that fixing the global climate was so simple? Still, one or two questions remain about your new plan and a few related matters.
Yours in climate justice, Tim
Then the questions.....
* BY how much will your carbon dioxide tax reduce Australia's temperature?
* IF after five years there has been no recorded decline in temperature, will the tax be abandoned?
* MULTIPLE choice! How much money has already been wasted by Australian federal governments on pointless climate change initiatives that have done nothing:
a - $2,000,000,000
b - $3,500,000,000
c - $5,500,000,000
* IF taxing Australians at a certain level will make us more competitive with the rest of the world, as you claim, then surely taxing us at even higher levels will make us more competitive still. Universal taxation at, say, 80 per cent should make us a global powerhouse. Why are you holding Australia back?
* YOU claim that Australians want this new tax. How about testing your theory at an election?...............
Read the full article: There's a lot you haven't told us
Thursday, 03 March 2011 00:00
The following email about Julia Gillard's proposed 'carbon tax' was sent on our E-News email on Wed 2 March 2011.
"Julia Gillard went to the election promising us two things in relation to 'Global Warming', aka 'Climate Change' ...
Firstly, "I will establish a citizen's committee on the emissions trading scheme".
Secondly, "There will be no carbon tax under the government I lead"
Now, just 6 months later BOTH promises have been broken. Clearly, one reason for these broken promises is the formal 'alliance' she made with the Greens and independents in a desperate attempt to hold on to POWER. But Gillard knew, when she shook hands with Bob Brown, that dealing with the Greens would come at a cost on the issue of 'climate change'.
Let us not fool ourselves, both sides of politics could be said to have engaged in back flips. For instance, it is said that John Howard changed his mind on a GST ... however, there is a major difference - he went to the polls with the changed policy before implementing it. But, anyway, two wrongs do not make a right. Honesty and integrity are clearly lacking in too many of our political leaders today as is 'evidence-based' decision making which has been replaced with focus group politics and following the people. Take, for instance, the report on Labor's poor performance at the last election, part of which was released last week. It states, according to The Australian "LABOR must win back voters lost to the Greens by advocating stronger action on climate change and supporting gay marriage, ...and urges the government to do more to court votes in immigrant communities."
VOTES - that is the key. Not evidenced based decision making, not honesty or integrity but bending toward other small Parties such as the Greens to stop the drift of votes. . .