Mulct – extract money from by fine or taxation; punish by a fine; take money or possessions by fraudulent means;
Climate change and health zealotry have merged in a call to ban meat:
A report by The Lancet Commission on Obesity, released on Monday, said a tax on red meat was an example of the urgent action needed to address the greatest threats “to human and planetary health” – obesity, under-nutrition and climate change. . .
The idea that a tax on red meat will reduce obesity is ludicrous.
Lean protein, of which red meat is a good source, plays a very important role in a healthy diet. It has a low glycemic index so satisfies for longer and therefore helps in helping people eat less over all.
A meat tax will increase the price, forcing people to look for cheaper alternatives which will have less nutritional value, more calories per gram and be less satisfying.
It will do the opposite of what the Commission wants – contribute to both obesity and under nutrition.
Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter said the Government did not plan to tax red meat “at this stage”, but an increase in awareness about climate change was affecting people’s behaviour.
No plan to tax ‘at this stage’? That’s mincing words when she needs to put a
steak stake in the ground for the sake of people’s health and our trade in red meat which not only helps finance first-world necessities, it helps feed the world.
This point is well made by National’s Agriculture spokesman, Nathan Guy:
“The red meat sector is worth around $9 billion of exports. Over 25,000 New Zealanders are employed and will be horrified the Government is not ruling out taxing the red meat industry. . . “
Our red meat production has one of the lowest environmental footprints in the world.
Even the UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs admitted in a report which found Kiwi lamb is reared at such a low intensity that, even after shipping, it uses less energy.
Genter should be championing our chops, not casting the shadow of yet another virtue signaling tax over our food and farms.
In the circle where I was raised, I knew of no one knowledgeable in the visual arts, no one who regularly attended musical performances, and only two adults other than my teachers who spoke without embarrassment of poetry and literature — both of these being women. As far as I can recall, I never heard a man refer to a good or a great book. I knew no one who had mastered, or even studied, another language from choice. And our articulate, conscious life proceeded without acknowledgement of the preceding civilisations which had produced it. – ShirleyHazzard who was born not his day in 1931.
1018 – The Peace of Bautzen was signed between Poland and Germany.
1648 Eighty Years’ War: The Treaty of Münster and Osnabrück was signed, ending the conflict between the Netherlands and Spain.
1649 King Charles I of England was beheaded.
1661 Oliver Cromwell, was ritually executed two years after his death, on the anniversary of the execution of the monarch he himself deposed.
1790 The first boat specializing as a lifeboat was tested on the River Tyne.
1806 The original Lower Trenton Bridge (also called the Trenton Makes the World Takes Bridge), was opened.
1826 The Menai Suspension Bridge, considered the world’s first modern suspension bridge, connecting the Isle of Anglesey to the north West coast of Wales, opened.
1835 In the first assassination attempt against a President of the United States, Richard Lawrence attempted to shoot president Andrew Jackson, but failed and was subdued by a crowd, including several congressmen.
1841 A fire destroyed two-thirds of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.
1847 Yerba Buena, California was renamed San Francisco.
1858 The first Hallé concert was given in Manchester marking the official founding of the Hallé Orchestra as a full-time, professional orchestra.
1862 The first American ironclad warship, the USS Monitor was launched.
1882 Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States, was born (d. 1945).
1911 An amendment to the Gaming Act at the end of 1910 banned bookmakers from racecourses in New Zealand. Bookies were officially farewelled at the now defunct Takapuna racecourse.
1911 The destroyer USS Terry (DD-25) made the first airplane rescue at sea saving the life of James McCurdy 10 miles from Havana.
1911 – The Canadian Naval Service became the Royal Canadian Navy.
1913 The House of Lords rejected the Irish Home Rule Bill.
1925 The Government of Turkey threw Patriarch Constantine VI out of Istanbul.
1929 Lucille Teasdale-Corti, Canadian surgeon and international aid worker, was born (d. 1945).
1930 Gene Hackman, American actor, was born.
1930 – The Politburo of the Soviet Union ordered the extermination of the Kulaks.
1931 Shirley Hazzard, Australian-born author, was born (d. 2016).
1933 Adolf Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany.
1937 Vanessa Redgrave, English actress, was born.
1941 – Dick Cheney, 46th Vice President of the United States, was born.
1945 World War II: The Wilhelm Gustloff, overfilled with refugees, sunk in the Baltic Sea after being torpedoed by a Soviet submarine, leading to the deadliest known maritime disaster, killing approximately 9,000 people.
1945 Raid at Cabanatuan: 126 American Rangers and Filipino resistance liberated 500 prisoners from the Cabanatuan POW camp.
1947 Steve Marriott, English musician (Humble Pie, The Small Faces), was born (d. 1991).
1951 Phil Collins, English musician, was born.
1960 The African National Party was founded in Chad through the merger of traditionalist parties.
1960 Lily Potter, (fictional character) Mother of Harry J. Potter and Member of The Order of the Phoenix, was born.
1962 King Abdullah II of Jordan, was born.
1964 Ranger 6 was launched.
1968 Prince Felipe of Spain, was born.
1972 Bloody Sunday: British Paratroopers killed 14 unarmed civil rights/anti internment marchers in Northern Ireland.
1982 Richard Skrenta wrote the first PC virus code, which was 400 lines long and disguised as an Apple boot programme called “Elk Cloner”.
1994 Péter Lékó became the youngest chess grand master.
1995 Workers from the National Institutes of Health announced the success of clinical trials testing the first preventive treatment for sickle-cell disease.
1996 Gino Gallagher, the suspected leader of the Irish National Liberation Army, was killed while waiting in line for his unemployment benefit.
2000 Off the coast of Ivory Coast, Kenya Airways Flight 431 crashed into the Atlantic killing 169.
2003 – The Kingdom of Belgium officially recognised same-sex marriages.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.