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Sending foreign ratbags home…just like the Aussies do

I can’t hardly wait for Labour to be outraged over this and cuddle these foreign criminals.

More than 400 people have been deported for a criminal offence in the past five years – the majority from Samoa, China and Tonga – with those on home detention likely sent home before their time is up.

Data released by Immigration New Zealand under the Official Information Act revealed 415 were deported in the time period between the start of 2011 and September 8 this year.

Samoans accounted for the highest number of these deported for a criminal offence, 73 in the same time period, followed by 62 Chinese and 39 Tongans.

INZ refused to divulge the details of their crimes because the information wasn’t available “without substantial collation or research”.v

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Real life implementation of a fat bastard tax

The aisle seat is the preferred location for fat bastard seats.

The aisle seat is the preferred location for fat bastard seats.

I’ve long advocated for a fat bastard tax, a tax that only fat bastards pay.

This is instead of broad brush taxes that advocates say are needed to address obesity. Since no one forces fat bastards to eat mountains of food it seems sensible to charge the people with the problem and call it a fat bastard tax.

Hawaiian Airlines has now introduced their own version of a fat bastard tax:

Hawaiian Airlines has won the right to weigh people before they board their planes.   Read more »

The exposure of the Media Party in politics continues

WikiLeaks has made public thousands of leaked emails from the Clinton presidential campaign. Much of it confirms what many already suspected: that Clinton’s view on banking regulations differs depending on who she’s meeting with – bankers or voters – and she has a far too cosy relationship with mainstream media and journalists.

Some say the revelations are valuable information for voters. Others have accused Russia of being behind the hack and argue WikiLeaks is aiding foreign interference in the elections. Julian Assange’s haven, Ecuador, has recently pulled the plug on his internet usage, claiming that interference with other countries’ electoral processes is against their policies.

Putting aside the agendas of all the players involved, one institution comes out undeniably sullied by the publication of the emails: the US news media. While some of the emails released presented typical behaviours, with the Clinton campaign reaching out to particular publications with stories, others are more problematic.

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I call them the Media Party for a reason: Look at their reporting on “inequality” and “poverty”

Regular readers will know that I call the media, in general, the Media Party. I do that for a reason, because of their willingness to actually get involved in the political process rather than report on it. A closer look at the increase in reporting os “inequality” and “poverty” shows you just how involved the Media party is in the political process.

Neville Gibson at NBR explains this clearly using just one example of a Media party person and hack academic, Bryce Edwards.


While the left has plenty of internal divisions about its priorities and strategies, it thrives on persuading its sympathisers in the media that some issues can gain traction.

These are collectively known as identity issues and Dr Edwards has produced a fine set of graphs on his blog to make the point. He has tracked media coverage of certain “radical” terms over the terms of the six Labour and National governments since 2000.

These terms will be recognised by NBR readers, who may also wonder why they have become more familiar in recent years. They comprise inequality, poverty, gender, feminism, identity politics, capitalism, race/racism, political correctness, ethnicity and working class and Marxism.

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Funny they should mention Quad Bike deaths

A quad bike accident in Taupō on Saturday night left one person dead and another with moderate injuries, bringing the number of deaths from quad bikes this year to ten, a record for a single year.

The former director of Lincoln University’s Telford campus, Charley Lamb, said the deaths were occurring as a result of crush injuries, which research showed roll bars would prevent.

“Very few bikes have roll over protection, which of course they should do. Whether people want to debate that and argue that, they can. But they used to do the same about safety frames on tractors and they did the same about seatbelts in cars.”

“There’s no doubt that roll over protection on quads will stop crush injuries and stop deaths. It won’t stop injuries.”

He said the government’s refusal to require roll bars, coupled with a reduction in the agricultural training budget and a failure to classify agriculture as a high-risk industry, have created a “perfect storm”.

Three days ago we had a look at the insane situation where just one differential domestic pool drowning death a year has caused a huge amount of clipboard carrying dicks going around nit picking people over their pool fences.

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Mental Health Break

Tick, Tick, Tick, Germany’s countdown to civil war has started


When an elected  government recklessly endangers a country…

When the police force are no longer able to control the criminal elements…

When the general public no longer feel safe inside their own country….

People start to take the law into their own hands. Germany is at a tipping point. Police are unable to protect German women so German Biker Gangs have taken on the role of protectors. Without the rule of law they are not acting just to defend women from actual attacks but are targeting men based on their culture, race and migrant status. The innocent are being hurt along with the guilty. The rule of law is now under threat. How long before civil disobedience turns into civil war?

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Map of the Day


Funniest, Weirdest & Rudest Place Names of Tasmania

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Key, doing what he does best

Prime Minister John Key heads to India this week, trying to drum up business and with an eye on the future of the economic giant.

His visit is a flying one – essentially just two-and-a-half days of engagements, which includes meeting with counterpart Narendra Mode.

But he says it is aimed at growing existing ties and looking for more ways the countries can work together, despite a free-trade deal looking some way off.

Mr Key will be accompanied by about 34 industry reps from a range of sectors, including well outside our main commodity exports.

“I can confidently say there are increasing opportunities for New Zealand businesses … from education, manufacturing and food and beverage to IT and aviation,” Mr Key says.

Free-trade talks started in 2010 and there have been 10 rounds since, but officials say they aren’t even close to reaching a deal without the political will from India.

New Zealand doesn’t export a lot of dairy products to India – the country has a policy of being self-sufficient for milk production and protecting its smaller farmers, and it puts an average 33.5 per cent tariff on dairy products.

Tariffs on some agricultural products can be as high as 100 per cent, which makes it uneconomic for outsiders.

Officials say they don’t want to really compete with Indian growers, but with between 40 and 50 per cent of food there going to waste, they say there is a lot of unfulfilled demand and New Zealand storage and distribution systems could help.

But despite no FTA there has been a dramatic increase in the trade of services – in New Zealand’s favour – mainly driven by education.

Five years ago, Mr Key was in India and launched the NZ Inc India Strategy, which aimed to grow this country’s exports there to $2 billion by 2015, among other things.

That hasn’t happened. However, once you thrown in services exports the two-way trade between the two is worth $2.4b. Read more »