Guest Post: Chris Trotter’s dark reading of Israel’s dilemma

Sheree Trotter

Guest Post: Sheree Trotter is Te Arawa. She is the co-founder of Shadows of Shoah and a Ph.D candidate at the University of Auckland. This article was first published 19/01/17 on Shalom Kiwi



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We wish to work out a proposal to strengthen the online

You can never have to much strength in your online.

What follows is a stellar example of the crud that we are bombarded with almost daily.  I’m sharing it just so we can get some entertainment value out of it.

From: Chrish Calvin <>
Date: 19 January 2017 at 16:02
Subject: Promotion Strategy for your website online sale.
To: [email protected]

Dear Owner,

Hope you are doing well.

We would like to have a discussion with you regarding the web promotion strategy for your website . We wish to work out a proposal to strengthen the online.

We offer you more effective and more affordable solution! We take your website to No1 Position of the or organic listing of Google that too on the first page of search results for your any number of keywords. It makes sense to opt for top free listing when more than 80 percent of web users rely to find their desired product or service in google, yahoo & bing. Read more »

Dear Geoff, Dear Els

McCully is still sending out the form letters

He also sent one to Els, who has not taken it lying down.   Read more »

Mental Health Break

Never has there been a Presidential Inauguration quite like this one

I am amazed that our New Zealand Media have decided to not provide live coverage of President Trump’s inauguration as it is going to be like nothing that has ever been seen before.


The Democrats sore losers are planning many protests and acts of disruption to try to ruin the day such as chaining the trains but such is Trump’s popularity that hordes of bikers have off their own bat decided to provide protection and a human blockade to stop the protestors.

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Map of the Day

Assange is a weasel

The attorney for Julian Assange said President Obama’s commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence does not meet the conditions of the WikiLeaks head’s offer to be extradited to the United States if Manning were pardoned.

Obama on Tuesday commuted Manning’s sentence for leaking classified information to WikiLeaks, leading many to wonder whether that meant Assange was ready to surrender to the Department of Justice. Read more »

“At least we would be back in Auckland where things are normal”

Looks like Paula’s scheme to pay people to leave Auckland isn’t as perfect as this woman expected

Standen and her two children lived in New Lynn for 13 years, until five months ago when she accepted a Housing New Zealand (HNZ) relocation grant of $3510.50 and moved to Hamilton.

She says the Hamilton suburb of Nawton is a “hellhole of a town” and she will do anything to move back to Auckland.

The reason Standen, a beneficiary, wants to move is due to the dangerous area she says she lives in.

She says there are gangs and a drug house nearby.

Damn.  She’s right.  No gangs and drug houses in Auckland.

Standen says her 12-year-old son Reece was burned by a student on his first day at his new school and spat at on his second.

He is now too scared to leave home, in fear of boys who tell him if he does not commit a burglary with them they will “smash him”, she says.

“We are basically prisoners in our own home.” Read more »

More from the Oxfam “Do as we say, not as we do” file

Oxfam has organised a letter, signed by over 300 economists, calling for a crack-down on tax avoidance.

But what of Oxfam’s own tax practices? Some of them look remarkably like tax avoidance.

One of Oxfam’s tax planning vehicles is Oxfam Activities Ltd, which enables it to avoid tax on the profits of its £15 million trading operations. Read more »

Photo of the Day

Theodore Kaczynski lived an austere life — no running water, no indoor plumbing — in this 10-by-12-foot cabin in rural Montana for 20 years. This photo was taken shortly after Kaczynski was arrested. (Courtesy Federal Bureau of Investigation)

The Unabomber

For 17  years, an elusive criminal sent homemade bombs targeting universities, airlines and computer stores, killing three people and injuring 23 others. The FBI branded him “Unabomber” — shorthand for his early targets: universities and airlines..

How do you catch a twisted genius who aspires to be the perfect, anonymous killer—who builds untraceable bombs and delivers them to random targets, who leaves false clues to throw off authorities, who lives like a recluse in the mountains of Montana and tells no one of his secret crimes?

That was the challenge facing the FBI and its investigative partners, who spent nearly two decades hunting down this ultimate lone wolf bomber.

The man that the world would eventually know as Theodore Kaczynski came to the FBI’s  attention in 1978 with the explosion of his first, primitive homemade bomb at a Chicago university. The Unabomber eluded the FBI for 17 years, despite an investigation spanning eight states and involving 500 agents, he mailed or hand delivered a series of increasingly sophisticated bombs that killed three Americans and injured 24 more. Along the way, he sowed fear and panic, even threatening to blow up airliners in flight.

In 1979, an FBI-led task force that included the ATF and U.S. Postal Inspection Service was formed to investigate the “UNABOM” case, code-named for the UNiversity and Airline BOMbing targets involved. The task force would grow to more than 150 full-time investigators, analysts, and others. In search of clues, the team made every possible forensic examination of recovered bomb components and studied the lives of victims in minute detail. These efforts proved of little use in identifying the bomber, who took pains to leave no forensic evidence, building his bombs essentially from “scrap” materials available almost anywhere. And the victims, investigators later learned, were chosen randomly from library research.

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