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Idiot of the Week

If it isn’t against the law, it should be…

A cannabis smoker was so angry her alleged drug dealer failed to deliver that she called police.

But the long arm of the law could yet catch up with both the dissatisfied customer and supplier with police saying even though no pot changed hands it’s still illegal to try to buy it.

Hamilton woman Betty Tamihana claims she paid $40 for what a dealer claimed was an ounce of marijuana he was selling for $60 – a fraction of the usual price.

The bizarre case highlights how large numbers of people are buying and selling drugs via social media and police are increasingly having to monitor them.

But in this case the user came straight to them. Read more »

…and a large helping of 50 Shades of Streisand please

Bob McCroskrie is continuing his public relations push towards the Conservative Party leadership.  This time, he’s going to try and stop 50 Shades of Grey going to air on TV.

“By broadcasting this movie, TV3 [is] counteracting the determined efforts in New Zealand to eliminate sexual violence and support of victims and families.”

McCroskie cited a 2015 Michigan State University study which showed young women who read sexually violent fiction, like the Fifty Shades of Grey book series, often display the same behavioral symptoms as those who have been sexually victimised. Read more »

Mental Health Break

Killing in God’s name

Killing in God’s name has been around since Adam was a boy and God has so many names….

Allah, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Lord of the Hosts, Father, Abba, Most High, Elohim, El-Shaddai, Yahweh, Jehovah and Adonai to name just a few.

How many religions have murdered in the name of their holy book or god this century? I don’t see why people like soon to be ex-president Obama have so much difficulty naming the problem because it is a problem that has been around forever.

Religious extremists/fanatics have been using their God and their holy book as a justification for slaughter for centuries so religiously motivated slaughter is nothing new. The only thing that is different in modern times is that the majority of terror attacks around the world come from people who call their God Allah and who follow the teachings of the holy book called the Koran.

The Spanish Inquisition was a Judicial Institution initiated by the Kingdom of Spain in effort to combat ‘heresy’. In reality, it consolidated the power of the monarchy and was used to justify the brutal torture of thousands of non-Catholics…the Inquisition is probably the darkest chapter of Christian history, lasting hundreds of years and claiming countless lives


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Map of the Day

All functioning railways in South and North Korea

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If you ever needed proof that local government needs an overhaul

Ninety-three per cent of New Zealand’s council-owned art is collecting dust

New Zealand ratepayers own half a billion dollars worth of art, but only a token amount is on public display.

Local government figures show councils and council-controlled organisations own artwork worth at least $568,393,020, made up of at least 173,269 pieces, but only about 7 per cent is on show.

Auckland Council has the most valuable collection, making up almost half of the country’s collection at $276,981,903.

So Phil wants $200m from petrol tax while he’s sitting on $200m of art that’s locked up.  What makes councils purchase art anyway?  Other than some sort of social welfare for council favour artists…   Read more »

Lies, damn lies and Oxfam

Everything has got to the point of extremes and absurdity.  Charities now have to skew the data so hard to get your attention over the noise in people’s lives that they are throwing the baby out with the bathwater.  But by any reasonable measure all our lives are slowly improving.

It used to be that poverty was that you couldn’t feed yourself.  Now poverty is if a family has to share a bedroom, doesn’t have the Internet, or doesn’t have enough disposable income left to take in a movie once in a while.   Read more »