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Advancing across no man's land in the mist. An assault force advancing across no man's land in what apprears to be either a morning mist or a gas cloud ...

Advancing across no man’s land in the mist. An assault force advancing across no man’s land in what appears to be either a morning mist or a gas cloud …

The Battle of the Somme

But all that my mind sees

Is a quaking bog in a mist — stark, snapped trees,
And the dark Somme flowing.

Vance Palmer (1885–1959),

‘The Farmer Remembers The Somme’

The Battle of the Somme, fought in northern France, was one of the bloodiest of World War One. The aims of the battle, were to relieve the French Army fighting at Verdun and to weaken the German Army. However, the Allies were unable to break through German lines. In total, there were millions dead and wounded on all sides.

The Battle of the Somme, also known as the Somme Offensive, was one of the largest battles of the First World War. Fought between July 1 and November 1, 1916 near the Somme River in France, it was also one of the bloodiest military battles in history. On the first day alone, the British suffered more than 57,000 casualties, and by the end of the campaign the Allies and Central Powers would lose more than 1.5 million men.

A truly nightmarish world greeted the New Zealand Division when it joined the Battle of the Somme in mid-September 1916. The division was part of the third big push of the offensive, designed to crack the German lines once and for all. When it was withdrawn from the line a month later, the decisive breakthrough had still not occurred.

Fifteen thousand members of the division went into action. Nearly 6000 men were wounded and 2000 lost their lives. More than half the New Zealand Somme dead have no known grave. They are commemorated on the New Zealand Memorial to the Missing in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, near Longueval. One of these men returned home to New Zealand in November 2004; his remains lie in the tomb of the Unknown Warrior outside New Zealand’s National War Memorial.

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The unbridled nonsense of multiculturalism

Townhall’s Walter Williams reports:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that multiculturalism has “utterly failed,” adding that it was an illusion to think Germans and foreign workers could “live happily side by side.” The failure of multiculturalism is also seen in Denmark, Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and other European countries. Immigrants coming from Africa and the Middle East refuse to assimilate and instead seek to import the failed cultures they fled.

Leftist diversity advocates and multiculturalists are right to argue that people of all races, religions and cultures should be equal in the eyes of the law. But their argument borders on idiocy when they argue that one set of cultural values cannot be judged superior to another and that to do so is Eurocentrism.

That’s unbridled nonsense. Ask a diversity/multiculturalism advocate: Is forcible female genital mutilation, as practiced in nearly 30 sub-Saharan African and Middle Eastern countries, a morally equivalent cultural value? Slavery is practiced in northern Sudan. In most of the Middle East, there are numerous limits placed on women, such as prohibitions on driving, employment and education. Under Islamic law, in some countries, female adulterers face death by stoning, and thieves are punished by having their hand severed. In some African and Middle Eastern countries, homosexuality is a crime, in some cases punishable by death. Are all these cultural values morally equivalent to those of the West?

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Whaleoil News Quiz

This was clearly due to the lack of cross-dressing toilets

Newshub reports:

Dunedin police are looking for a man who seriously attacked another man sexually while dressed as a woman.

The attack happened around 5:30am on Sunday morning following the All Blacks test match against Wales.

The offender was dressed as a woman and was carrying a jacket and a handbag. He is described as medium to athletic build and is believed to be Maori or Polynesian.

The attacker and the victim were walking from the Octagon along George St to where the attack took place – near the Captain Cook Hotel and the Rob Roy Dairy. Police are asking for help in identifying the attacker.   Read more »

“Don’t touch me” wristbands; the latest in Swedish crime prevention

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You know how we have joked on here about the lycra force field protecting cyclists or, as we more humorously call them, road maggots? Well, it looks like the Swedish police have taken our humour seriously and decided to protect Swedish women with rubber wristbands emblazoned with the words “don’t touch me.” This news story is so bad you would assume that it was satire but, unfortunately, it isn’t. This is a serious police initiative to try to cut down on the many sexual assaults in Sweden. I can’t help but wonder if the words “don’t touch me” are in Swedish or in Arabic. Either way, the only way they would be effective at stopping a sexual assault would be if they were used like a docking ring on the assailant.

Sweden’s police chief unveiled the force’s latest weapon in the fight against sexual assault: wristbands reading “Don’t touch me”.

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The attack on so-called “princess culture” continues

 

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I think I will coin a new phrase. I will call it “academic nitpicky culture” or maybe “mad cow disease culture“.  The hallowed halls of academia are now being used to attack gender stereotypes  because it is no longer okay to be feminine. Academics seem determined to take the feminine out of feminist. Not long after the posts I did on Princess culture (one and two)  the following article from the Washington Post was republished on Stuff.

…The Disney Princess brand suggests that a girl’s most valuable asset is her beauty, which encourages an unhealthy preoccupation with physical appearance. The brand also implies that girls should be sweet and submissive, and should expect a man to come to their rescue in an act of love at first sight.

This nitpicky academic has obviously never watched the Disney movie Mulan or The Princess and the Frog. She admits that there are modern heroines in the movies Tangled, Frozen and Brave but she still maintains that “the brand remains out of step with modern ideas about raising girls.”

Her analysis is not only flawed,  it seems to be a deliberate attempt to ignore the huge volume of evidence to the contrary.

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Dopey “journalist” cuddles up to a terrorist’s family

So he’s tried to go join ISIL, he’s threatened a Muslim leader who was assaulted, he’s held a knife to the neck of a motorist and he’s threatened a security guard.

Now a journalist and his family are trying to convince us this man should not go to prison.

The father of Imran Patel, the 26-year-old Aucklander convicted for distributing extremist videos, tells Yasmine Ryan he fears that jail risks turning a silly boy into a serious threat.

When Imran Patel shouted, “Tell John Key to stop being a slave to America, and to get out of Iraq. Allahu akbar!” after being sentenced last Thursday, the courtroom fell silent. It was a frightening moment, but also a tragic one. This was, without a doubt, a defining moment in his life’s trajectory.

For his distraught parents, it might well be the moment they lost their son, in both a physical and a spiritual sense. “That’s what you get!” his father shouted to the courtroom, shaking his head as he and his wife walked out in frustration.

They had been hoping for a sentence of home detention, he says, to allow leaders of the Muslim community to try to talk to Imran. Other members of the community confirmed that there is wide concern in the community for Imran Patel’s hardline, potentially dangerous, views.

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Winston blames National for the next wave of Indian overstayers

Winston Peters has never met a foreigner he likes, or one he’d not insult.

Thousands of Indian students are likely to go into hiding rather than return home, Winston Peters is warning.

The NZ First leader says the government’s 2013 decision to allow foreign students to work led to many of them taking out huge loans in their home countries, with repayments depending on wages earned in New Zealand.

“They can’t return home to repay loans and will go underground, providing more cheap black market labour for unscrupulous employers who are already exploiting foreign students,” he said on Friday.

“The Government created this human disaster in their rush to boost the international student industry.”    Read more »

Finally, some good news for Andrew Little as both Trump and Clinton will kill the TPP

Andrew Little will be happy to learn that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will kill the TPP if elected.

There is something very different happening in the US presidential election. Yes, I realise I have said that pretty much every day since it began. This time I am talking about the issue of free trade. It has tended to be an issue that Republicans support and the Democrats oppose.

This time both of the presumptive candidates say they are against the latest free trade agreement negotiated by the Obama administration, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Donald Trump, in his usual fiery rhetoric, compared it to the raping of America.   Read more »

If we listened to progressives the following changes would need to be made

So-called progressives have made lots of interesting observations over the years, but none more so than after the Brexit vote.

Stephen Franks elucidates their suggested constitutional changes:

A much younger and more beautiful friend tells me:
“According to my Facebook feed, Brexit has highlighted some obvious flaws in the democratic system. This is what I’ve learned these past few days:

(1) Votes should be weighted in favour of the professional and cosmopolitan classes   Read more »