Mental Health Break

Surely the solution is soap and water?

I am against circumcision of anyone, male or female. I don’t care if it is a religious tradition or just a family tradition. In a clean, modern, civilised society there is zero health justifications for cutting bits off male and female genitals.

In an effort to modernise female genital mutilation a facebook page has been created to promote what they call Islamic Female circumcision. They consider themselves progressive because they are promoting a cut that doesn’t mutilate the woman as much. They lie about its medical benefits but give themselves away when they refer to the skin that protects the clitoris ( the hood ) as a ” dirty piece of skin.”


Very cleverly they have linked husband’s pleasuring their wives with oral sex to throat cancer. If we were to believe their lies a woman who refuses to be cut is putting her husband at risk of developing throat cancer if he is a good lover. The clear message on this website is if you want your partner to go down on you you need to cut the hood off your clitoris.

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Map of the Day

Another poll that shows the left-wing politicians are still out of touch with voters


The left-wing have been banging on for decades against the US and ship visits.

Some are still against the visits, and are trying to organise protests.

There is a problem though…voters support a visit…and boy isn’t Newshub annoyed by the results of the poll.

The United States is on the brink of a deciding whether to send a Navy ship into New Zealand waters, ending the 33-year standoff over New Zealand’s anti-nuclear law.

The latest Newshub-Reid Research poll shows Kiwis are overwhelmingly in favour of a ship coming here.

When asked if a US Navy ship should come to New Zealand, 75 percent said “yes” and just 20 percent said “no”.   Read more »

Does the law not apply to the Chief Justice?

It seems that laws don’t apply to the Chief Justice.

Cows owned by top judge Dame Sian Elias have wandered into Canterbury waterways at least three times since a warning issued in January.

Stock from The Lakes station in North Canterbury have been in Lake Sumner, which could breach the rules, and in the Hurunui River.

Elias owns the station with her husband, businessman Hugh Fletcher.

Temporary farm manager Brian Anderson was aware only of one recent complaint. He said the farm did its best, but the rules were “ridiculous”.

“The cows can drink from the lake, but the moment one puts a foot in you’re breaking the rules. They can stand in the river, but can’t walk another metre into the lake. It’s a bit pointless,” he said.

Environment Canterbury (ECan) issued Elias and Fletcher a warning after a holidaymaker photographed their cows standing in Lake Taylor, which borders a Department of Conservation (Doc) campsite, in January.

After an investigation, ECan determined they had breached the rules but stopped short of issuing a fine, saying it was an isolated incident.

Under regional rules, cows are allowed access to high country rivers, provided the environmental effects are minor. They are not allowed to stand in lakes. The maximum fine for breaching the rules is $750.

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Bob Jones on the uselessness of tertiary courses, the Dompost and the Dompost journalists

Bob Jones is a national treasure, and in this week’s NBR he has out done himself on the insults.

It is rather special as he discusses the general uselessness of the Dompost, its journalists and education in general.

“Teachers struggle for jobs” was the welcome front page heading in the Dominion-Post a week back.

Before readers jump up and down, I’ll explain the ‘welcome’ bit. There has been a change of editor, meaning people with weak hearts can now resume reading the front page. Under the previous office-holder whose reign corresponded with a massive circulation decline, the mind-boggling fictions, disgraceful created non-stories and sheer nonsense bespoiling the Dom’s front page, plumbed depths never hitherto reached in the annals of newspaper publishing.

Nonsense articles still continue to entertain, only not on the front page. For example, not once but twice in the last few week’s, the Dominion-Post has described Kiwi Property as New Zealand’s largest listed company.

But back to the school-teacher story, published incidentally, under the obviously mickey-taking fictitious name, Laura Dooney. Ever heard of a ‘Dooney,’ aside from which, given the piece was well-written, anyone competent having such a name would long since have changed it by deed-poll.  Be that as it may, the item claimed we’re pumping out school-teachers who are unable to obtain jobs. It cited the Ministry of Education advising that only 15%, for God’s sake, of new teaching graduates, are able to secure permanent teaching employment. This over-supply outrage was attributed by the NZEI president Louise Green, inter alia, to “teacher training providers, eager to sustain numbers and thus corresponding funding.”

Whoever wrote the story (like you, I can’t believe the Dom’s ‘Dooney’ try-on) missed an even bigger one, namely that specialist courses graduate over-supply goes far beyond teaching.

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Photo Of The Day

To get to the underwater ballroom, the guests had to walk down a damp corridor of stairs and get into a 400-foot long subway that led them to a 30-foot high glass chamber. The ballroom had an ornate tile floor, extravagant furniture, and the effect of the underwater view was not lost on most guests. When light shone through the merky green water it was a spectacular sight; guests also enjoyed watching the fish scurry by the glass pane windows. However, if one of those windows broke, it would be just five minutes before the entire dome filled with water.

To get to the underwater ballroom, the guests had to walk down a damp corridor of stairs and get into a 400-foot long subway that led them to a 30-foot high glass chamber. The ballroom had an ornate tile floor, extravagant furniture, and the effect of the underwater view was not lost on most guests. When light shone through the merky green water it was a spectacular sight; guests also enjoyed watching the fish scurry by the glass pane windows. However, if one of those windows broke, it would be just five minutes before the entire dome filled with water.

The Swindler, The Cyanide Pill and The Underwater Ballroom

The Story Behind Britain’s Most Bizarre Folly

Upon first glance, Britain’s Witley Park in Surrey is just like any other extravagant mansion, but there’s much more to this Victorian masterpiece than meets the eye. From the secret underwater ballroom to dramatic suicide deaths, the story behind the man who built the mansion is surprisingly tragic.

The story of the underwater conservatory at Witley Park begins with James Whitaker Wright (1846-1904). Wright was a former printer, Methodist minister, and a company promoter and swindler.

Wright’s family immigrated to Toronto, Canada after his father died in 1870. From there Whitaker found his way to Philadelphia, where he found a lucrative career promoting silver mines.

However in Wright deals, only the promoters appeared to be making money. Mines in Leadville, Colorado and Lake Valley, New Mexico failed to yield the promised dividends or returns to investors.

For Wright the short-term success yielded short-term pleasure. With the great gains came great losses; he was left penniless after his interest in Gunnison Iron & Coal collapsed in 1889.

Whitaker was undeterred, as performance of his American investments were simply a means to an end. His greatest desire was to make a name for himself in the vaunted English Victorian Society.

He returned to England in 1889 and continued the schemes of promoting mines, this time on the London market. To this end he formed the London and Globe Company in 1890, to float stock and bond issues for his mines in Australia and Canada. Also propped up by Wright were the British and American Corporation and the Standard Exploration Company.

Whitaker might have lacked a moral compass, but he was a consummate salesman. In 1896 he raised £250,000 ($373k) – or about £24.8M ($36.98M) in 2015 – to purchase shares of a company established to dig mines in Western Australia. Investors were lured by Wright’s sly use of the word “consol” in the name of the opportunity, thus creating the impression of a reliable investment.

[ Consol: British government security without a maturity date. The name is a shortened version of “consolidated annuities.” This form of stock originated in 1751 and was generally considered to be one of the safer investments at the time. ]

Whitaker Wright’s deception would not go unpunished. But before he would face judgement, he created Witley Park.

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PPTA cause a problem – then claim they are fixing it

The inability of school Principals to pay staff differently where there are shortages has two causes – the PPTA opposed bulk funding and PPTA/NZEI insistence on national contracts.

Principals struggling to fill teaching positions have resorted to buying houses for staff as a last ditch attempt to offset the impact of the housing crisis.

A “perfect storm” has created a secondary school teaching shortage, exacerbated by teachers fleeing Auckland’s skyrocketing house prices, a principal says.

A new survey of principals found about one in 10 schools reported they were unable to fill permanent positions after advertising.

The average secondary school teacher earns between $46,000 and $75,000 but the median Auckland house price is $812,000 – four times the value of a Southland house.   Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  BoomSlang

Credit: BoomSlang

Guest Post – Some real fishing facts from an expert

Mike Rendle knows a thing or two about fishing, he makes his living from fishing, writing books and making documentaries.

Last week he was at sea when the hit job on New Zealand’s fishing industry was launched. He’s now ashore and has written this on his Facebook page. I have permission to re-publish it.

This is an important piece to write because last week I found myself right in the centre of all the negative press the commercial fishing industry has been receiving, the leaked reports and attack on their credibility.

The reason I am prepared to write is because I sat with some of the biggest players in the industry and heard their side of things. And what I can tell you is, that when you hear both sides, it’s clear the coverage isn’t balanced and in many cases is incredibly unfair.

In fact, if you look at where the leaked reports and other information is emanating from you would logically draw the conclusion that this is a hit on the government by the Labour and Green parties, aided and abetted by an activist named Barbara Maas. (More on her later). You will also notice that the name Nigel Haworth is associated with many of the press reports. He is the Labour Party president. Personally I believe that this is a hit, however let’s call that unimportant at this stage; this is firstly, and most importantly, about the resource.

You all know I am an incredibly passionate recreational fisherman. I like to think that I have a balanced view to both conservation and harvest. My opinions aren’t always the same as those around me but they are always aimed at preserving and promoting the sport of fishing. And you know I have a history of calling a spade a spade.

I learnt two things last week; first, the biggest, most powerful players in the commercial fishing industry care about the resource, possibly even more than we do, and not just for financial reasons. Second, the industry is creating more jobs, more NZ investment and providing a growing contribution to the NZ tax take. A large part of that investment is in improving harvest methods, mitigation of bycatch, particularly mammals and birds, while making the job safer and more efficient.

Let me begin with some positives because the NZ commercial fishing industry should be celebrated as a success story, not pilloried for past excess and greed from times when we all knew no better.   Read more »