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Oil Fields – Rio Negro, Argentina

 


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Rodney Hide on union fear and loathing of charter schools

Rodney Hide writes in the NBR about the fear and loathing of charters schools by doctrinaire unions.

On cue with last week’s column explaining why lefties are a miserable lot, the principal of Bruce McLaren Intermediate, Roy Lilley, hit the papers having a moan.

His gripe? Charter schools. His worry? That they will pinch his pupils with inducements of a free uniform and a policy of no donations. The new charter schools, he says, will have a “huge” and negative impact.

The newspaper reports Mr Lilley’s school having 416 spare places. The 2013 Education Review Office Report confirms the roll at 248. His school’s almost two-thirds empty.

Why isn’t Mr Lilly offering free uniforms? Why isn’t he having a “no donations” policy? Why isn’t he offering what students and parents want, so a charter school is no threat? Why isn’t he offering to rent his spare capacity to the new charter school and achieve synergy?

Why aren’t we laughing at him?

We would if he was the local supermarket whining about a rival opening up down the road. We would be laughing and looking forward to sharper prices, better service and higher quality produce.

Teachers, and their unions aren’t interested in any of that, they are interested in protecting their own hegemony of the system.

But schools are different. Here we have never known choice and competition. Our schools are run like the Soviet economy. The Ministry of Education is our Kremlin.

The Soviets were frightened: who would feed, clothe and house them if not the government? We are the same. We can’t imagine schooling in the absence of government direction and control.

Who would build the schools? Who would feed the teachers? Who would decide what is to be taught? And how?

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How is your wellbeing? Probably a lot worse after you read this

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Do you know any Wellbeing Instructors?   Massage Therapists?  If you do, they might get a well paid job at Auckland Council

We are searching for exceptional people who can drive and encourage our people to re-new their zest for life and improve their wellness.

With the recent opening of our corporate wellbeing centre we now have the opportunity to offer a range of user pays fitness and wellness classes to our 3,600+ CBD located employees. Read more »

Mad mullahs threatening Israel again

The Mad mullahs in charge of Iran are threatening Israel again.

Only the truly stupid would threaten a country with superior weapon technology, including nukes, but there you go, who said Islamists were sane?

On Thursday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei directed another threat toward Israel using Twitter.

“US says that Israel’s security must be protected,” he Tweeted. “Know that whether or not a deal is achieved, #Israel will get more insecure on a daily basis.”

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Photo Of The Day

Photo: Mike Browne

Photo: Mike Browne

Gooey Gumhead Statue

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Random Impertinent Statistics

Statistics can be fun when they show what you want to see.

Just for fun I compared THREE so called Journalists this morning and this is what I discovered. Cameron Slater rates constantly…Rachel Smalley only when she calls NZ women lardos and heifers and Nicky Hager when he talks about Cameron Slater.

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From the passenger seat: How to slay Slater?

By Pete

You can’t turn on the radio, TV or read news stories without being bombarded with negatives about Cameron Slater.  The very Cameron Slater who has come out, legally, squeaky clean out of Government Inquiries, and is facing not a single charge in court for breaking any laws.  Nor is he charged, or under investigation by police.

It is no wonder that there is a full court press from Labour.  Not only are they implicitly scared of him and his abilities, they also know that a black cloud is forming over them, and their associates.  They failed to take him down the first time, and now, they are all out to do a job that they failed to do a few months ago.

What may be odd is that the media are now all after Cam Slater as well.  They are assisting Labour in trying to paint Slater as some kind of evil to New Zealand.   But what is it that he actually does?

He runs a blog.

Surely that can’t be it?   Should someone with a web site, that nobody is forced to visit, be so feared and vilified?

The media have other motivations, the least of which is that they have been, and still are, working closely with Cam when it suits them, but at the same time, they are trying to make it look like he’s one of the most evil people in the country.

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US teacher union bullying Coca-Cola

When the left don;t like you, or what you have to say they start their vilification and bullying.

We have seen this many times in NZ. Willie and JT and Radio Live attacked by left wingers intent on brand destruction, Paul Henry hounded out of a job, vilification and attacks on me by the left-wing to attempt to silence me.

This is the way of them. Bullying, intimidation, threats, and blackmail…all stock in trade of the left-wing and Union movements.

Now a teacher’s union in the US is taking on Coca-cola with a wonky jihad.

American Federation of Teachers, one of the largest teachers unions in the United States, passed a resolution last week to ban Coca-Cola from its facilities and events.

The teachers union stated its decision was based on human rights violations, which have been detailed in three books published several years ago.

The questions remain: why now and why is this important to a teachers union?

Because AFT is a labor organization, it will stand in solidarity with other labor organizations that have taken a stance against Coca-Cola, AFT spokesman Michael Heenan told Watchdog.org.

Coca-Cola responded to AFT’s claims in an email to Watchdog.org, saying they were based on “outdated and erroneous allegations that we have repeatedly addressed.”    Read more »

Who else is big business going to back Fran?

Poor bitter old Ms. O’Sullivan, she has gone from defaming me and Cactus Kate to treating us like Voldemort in her latest column.

Now she is just spraying poop everywhere like a mad old bint. Not for her to discuss the slamming of her and her employers in the Chisholm report…oh no…instead she comes up with a crazy conspiracy theory that big business has gone cold on John Key because he talks to bloggers.

Who has she been consulting? The payroll clerk at Fonterra, or the person she sends invoices to at the Business Initiative?

Key needs to reflect. The Herald’s Mood of the Boardroom Election survey of CEOs found that 62 per cent felt “Brand Key” had been damaged by the Nicky Hager revelations, 66 per cent believed it exposed an unhealthy relationship between politicians and bloggers and 76 per cent of those surveyed raised issues of political probity concerning Judith Collins.

They wanted him to learn the lessons from the Dirty Politics scandal.

Really? Sounds like those business leaders need a remedial lesson in politics…did any of them notice the result of the election? Did Fran?

Dirty Politics won the election for John Key, not the other way around.   Read more »

Ever wondered why I want Kim Dotcom gone? I’ll tell you…

Everyone know I want Kim Dotcom gone…and this is why;

In conversing with Slater – the second most-despised figure in New Zealand politics after Kim Dotcom – Key has compromised his assurance that he had no knowledge of the dirty tricks operation.

See, there is no way ever that I’d want to come second to anyone, let along a fat German crook.

John Armstrong has just hurled an appalling insult at me…surely after 155 mentions in parliament, wall to wall coverage in all media and a vilification campaign across the political spectrum I must be the MOST despised figure in NZ politics.

But seriously Armstrong has a hard on for me, it is probably more a fit of rage that I am more effective and influential in politics than he is.

Watching journalists, normally the guardians of free speech and freedom of association are all out there demanding that no one talks to me…they of course all still do…especially when they want a story they know I can get them.

It is a long, long list of journalists…are they suggesting that they will stop talking to me too…or is it just the Prime Minister who shouldn’t speak to me?   Read more »