The aisle less travelled

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Stuff 19 June 2014 New Zealand has become something of a marital wasteland. Gone are the days when marriage was an initiation into sex, a formative cornerstone of ‘‘growing up’’ or an act of financial necessity. In fact, general marriage rates have never been lower. The facts about marriage General marriage rates peaked in […]

Cap on Auckland liquor stores supported

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OneNews 18 June 2014 Ninety percent of Auckland residents would support a cap on the number of off-licences in the city, a survey suggests. The Auckland Regional Public Health Service report, released today, shows 91% of residents want no increase to the number of liquor stores. But opinions were split over earlier closing times for […]

Polygamy and Human Dignity

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The Witherspoon Institute 16 June 2014 Carson Holloway is a political scientist and the author of The Way of Life: John Paul II and the Challenge of Liberal Modernity (Baylor University Press). The normalization of polygamy would undermine our commitment to human dignity—our sense that each human being is to be valued as an end […]

Derek Miedema: Euthanasia hurts families

EUTHANASIA a recipe for abuse

National Post 16 June 2014 My brother, who is severely handicapped, was once admitted to the hospital for pneumonia. During the few hours my family was not with him, a “do not resuscitate” bracelet was attached to his arm. My mother found out about it by accident when she asked what the purple bracelet was […]

Outrage over right to die plan for kids (Scotland)

EUTHANASIA sick child 15 June 2014 The late Lothians MSP Margo MacDonald, who died in April after suffering Parkinson’s disease, launched a Bill to legalise euthanasia last year. Polls revealed seven out of ten Scots support it. Now an alliance of children’s charities is calling on the Holyrood committee considering the law change to “reflect” on the […]

Toddlers more likely to be plonked in front of TV

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Stuff 17 June 2014 Kiwi kids raised with a bedtime story are increasingly of a bygone generation, as research shows a third of 2-year-olds are not read to daily. Results from New Zealand’s largest and most up-to-date longitudinal study show toddlers are ethnically diverse, tech-savvy and – surprise, surprise – “tantrums were the norm […]

Australian Govt offers newlyweds $200 vouchers for counselling

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The Australian 16 June 2014  Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has revealed taxpayers could provide parents with marriage education sessions so their relationships do not suffer when dirty nappies, colicky babies and sleep deprivation consume their lives. The plan would likely go ahead if its $20 million pre-marriage courses and counselling sessions are a success. […]

Bob McCoskrie discusses findings of Glenn Inquiry – Newstalk ZB

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Alcohol firms funding charities to gain political influence – Study (UK)


The Guardian 12 June 2014 Alcohol firms are adopting contentious tactics pioneered by the tobacco industry by funding charities in order to gain influence inside government, researchers claim in a new study published on Tuesday. Drink manufacturers, retailers and grant-making trusts have given five alcohol charities donations of up to £1m each in recent years […]

Transgender Surgery Isn’t the Solution – Former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital

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Wall Street Journal 12 June 2014 Dr. McHugh, former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, is the author of “Try to Remember: Psychiatry’s Clash Over Meaning, Memory, and Mind” (Dana Press, 2008). The government and media alliance advancing the transgender cause has gone into overdrive in recent weeks. On May 30, a U.S. Department […]