Mental Health Break

If filming up women’s skirts isn’t being deviant, what is?

This gets my back up

A man who filmed up a woman’s dress in a Wellington department store has been discharged without conviction because a judge considered the offending was “towards the lower end” of the scale.

Alessandro Doria, 46, made eight other recordings on his phone on May 30 of the legs and lower torsos of women on the streets, Wellington District Court was told yesterday.

But Judge Bruce Davidson deemed that only the recording of a woman in Farmers on Lambton Quay could amount to an intimate visual recording.

And all that could be seen in that recording was a very brief view of black stockings or leggings and a dress, the judge said.

Although the offence of making an intimate visual recording of another person without permission was generally viewed quite seriously, he considered what happened in Farmers was towards the lower end of the scale.

What is it with invasion of privacy that is just so acceptable these days?   Decisions like these provide fuel to the people who like us to suffer the idea we have rape culture in New Zealand.    Read more »

Map of the Day

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Blaeu’s map of the world, 1662

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Pick which party is considering these policies

Let’s say a party  had these policies

– Increasing minimum wage, twice during the next term

– Income tax free threshold up to $25,000

– People on minimum wage pay no income tax at all

– 40% tax rate at $100,000

– 100,000 new homes to be built, 20% cheaper than they are now, with foreign buyers banned

– Increase health spending in real terms, every year, until 2020

Can you guess?

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An anti-Muslim backlash in New Zealand?

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NZ Muslims are terrified of an anti-Muslim backlash if New Zealand sends the SAS to deal with ISIS, but perhaps not the way you think.

Speaking to Radio New Zealand, Wellington’s Kilbirnie mosque’s Secretary of the International Muslim Association of New Zealand, Tahir Nawaz, says supporting the fight in Iraq would be a bad idea.

“We are a very good community here, we are very co-operative,” Mr Nawaz said.

“Once New Zealand troops are sent there, our public attitude could change. At the end of the day there would be people living here whose roots are in the countries where New Zealand would send the troops.”

That reads as much as a warning as it does a threat.   A promise?  Or just the reality of allowing Muslim immigrants to settle here.

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Photo Of The Day

Coco Chanel: 1883-1971; The French fashion designer Coco Chanel ruled over Parisian haute couture for almost six decades. Her elegantly casual designs inspired women of fashion to abandon the complicated, uncomfortable clothes - such as petticoats and corsets - that were prevalent in 19th century dress. Among her now-classic innovations were the Chanel suit, costume jewelry, and the little black dress.

Coco Chanel: 1883-1971; The French fashion designer Coco Chanel ruled over Parisian haute couture for almost six decades. Her elegantly casual designs inspired women of fashion to abandon the complicated, uncomfortable clothes – such as petticoats and corsets – that were prevalent in 19th century dress. Among her now-classic innovations were the Chanel suit, costume jewelry, and the little black dress.

Coco Chanel

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Will the real Labour Party leader please step up?

He’s lacked the naked lust on display by Cunliffe and Robertson, but being an interim party leader is causing people to cast an eye over David Parker

David Parker is one of the nicest blokes in politics. Unfailingly polite, considered in his answers, almost a little too honest for his own good at times.

He can be stirred to anger over matters of high policy and is stubborn. He had a reputation among his officials as a minister who wouldn’t follow advice nearly willingly enough.

He surprised even himself with the strength of his live TV interview performances ahead of the election.

Nice? I wouldn’t call stealing the missus of a stroke victim particularly nice. I bet Not Given Lightly isn’t played very much these days.

By standing aside from the Labour leadership row and stepping up as acting leader, he is choosing more the role of kaumatua than rangatira, keeping the seat warm and tempers calm while Labour goes through whatever it’s going to go through now.

But what if Parker is part of the problem?

Or more specifically, some of the most cherished elements of the economic programme Parker has spent six years honing and which signally failed to ignite sufficient public support on election day?

The three biggest problems: a capital gains tax as the answer to the country’s misallocation of capital; raising the pension age to 67, and an electricity policy so complicated it left power company executives begging for price regulation instead. Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

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Credit: SonovaMin

Robertson/Vance hit #2

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via Getty Images

Once you know what to look for…   Andrea Vance delivers another hit for Team Robertson:

Those who know the couple say Price was as invested in Cunliffe’s political success as he was. She was said to be heavily involved in his campaign last year to be leader.

Many of her anonymous comments as @tarnbabe67 echo those made publicly by her husband: about “backroom” caucus deals; emphasising a party “code” of ethics for leadership contenders; and that the previous primary contest was “good” for the party. Read more »