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Although Hitler was a Chancellor, he didn’t have as much power. The Communist party was still a threat. Then a key event happened. The Reichstag – German Parliament – was burned a few months after Hitler came to the power and the blame was assigned to the Communists. Following the burning, President Hindenburg clamped down the Communists and repressive measures were taken on all other political parties.

How Adolf Hitler Came to Power

The story of why Hitler came to power is about the reasons why the German people lost their senses and allowed a vicious madman to come to power. Hitler was a brilliant speaker, and his eyes had a peculiar power over people.   He was a good organiser and politician. He was a driven, unstable man, who believed that he had been called by God to become dictator of Germany and rule the world. This kept him going when other people might have given up. His self-belief persuaded people to believe in him.

Hitler’s rise to power was based upon long-term factors – resentment in the German people, the weakness of the Weimar system – which he exploited through propaganda (paid for by his rich, Communist-fearing backers), the terror of his stormtroopers, and the brilliance of his speeches.

During the ‘roaring twenties’ Germans ignored this vicious little man with his programme of hatred.   But when the Great Depression ruined their lives, they voted for him in increasing numbers.   Needing support, and thinking he could control Hitler, President Hindenburg made the mistake in January 1933 of giving Hitler the post of Chancellor.

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Bridges to quit race, English’s “Dream” team is annointed

The hand over planned by John Key and Bill  English months ago now appears complete.

The bullying, standover and threats have worked and now Simon Bridges is withdrawing from the race.

Simon Bridges is expected to withdraw from the contest to be National’s deputy leader today – handing it to Paula Bennett.

Bennett had public declarations of support from 23 MPs last night to Bridges’ 10 – and was understood to have enough private support to get her over the 30 votes needed in National’s caucus of 59.

The caucus was due to vote on it on Monday, but unless there is a last minute entry at that caucus meeting it appears set to be a pro forma appointment.   Read more »

Whaleoil News Quiz

Stripping criminals of assets should become standard procedure

When I worked for AMLO in Thailand the entire organisation was funded from confiscations of criminal proceeds. Their 15 story building in central Bangkok was confiscated from a ratbag businessman. The rents from the floors not used by them funded the operational costs of the organisation.

We have Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act but it is rather limp compared with what the Thais do.

Notwithstanding that two drug pushers are now having their assets seized by the Crown.

A Christchurch crime family may lose $2.1 million worth of assets.

Hugh James Robinson, 61, was jailed for four years for being “the driving force” in a party pill production scheme that spanned the country.

The 12-day trial was told that pills and powder with a street value of up to $240,000 was found in a series of police raids on Robinson’s house, business premises, storage unit, and car.

The defence at trial had been that Robinson’s son, 29-year-old Jamie Daniel Robinson, had been responsible for the BZP, and had not done as he was instructed, to destroy them after party pills became illegal in 2008. Jamie Robinson, who has served a jail sentence on drugs charges, gave evidence for the defence at the trial.   Read more »

Should a stock photo of a child be used to illustrate a news article about child rape?

Both Stuff and the New Zealand Herald chose to illustrate an article about the rape of a ten-year-old New Zealand schoolboy with a stock image of a young boy on a bed with his head in his hands. One of our readers sent me an e-mail about it. They said that even though it is a stock image they couldn’t understand why a journalist would use someone’s real child in an article about a child raping another child. They said that they  felt absolutely sick before they even read the article.

Apart from the content of this article being awful – WTF with using a stock photo of a 5 or 6 year old to highlight a rape?

What is wrong with reporters???????????????????
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This is the stock photo that the New Zealand Herald used.

The woman, who was not named to protect her son’s identity, said another child witnessed the incident. This image is a stock image.

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Bennett v Bridges: two token choices, either a mistake

When you are built for comfort not speed entering via the back door is often easier.

Labour are salivating over the apparent ascendancy of Paula Bennett. They are hoping like hell that Hekia Parata and her bullying team keep threatening backbenchers to declare for Paula.

They have more than enough dirt on her, including one of their own who has intimate knowledge of Paula Bennett. Then there are all the stories of her revolving door for staff and staff issues. Screaming at staff like Jake the Muss for not fixing her some eggs with alacrity isn’t really the way a deputy should behave.

Simon Bridges is promoting himself as the person to, hold Bill English in check, but he doesn’t have the bullying teams helping him that Bill English does. Affectionately known as “Justin” by his former girlfriends he is lagging behind in the deputy stakes.

Radio NZ reports:

Bill English might have cemented his position as Prime Minister but National Party MPs still have to decide who will be his deputy.

Barring any last minute candidates the MPs have to choose between westie Paula Bennett or the more urbane Simon Bridges.   Read more »

Who am I?

Guess who the mystery person using the 3 clues. Include in your comments how the clues relate to the mystery person

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Whatever you do DO NOT press the red button

Were you good as a kid? Did you always do as you were told? If you don’t press one of these red buttons you will be rewarded with ten virgins in heaven when you die. I promise.


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Anti-sugar lobby must need more funding – they’ve burst back into the news

Looks like Boyd Swinburn is proving that his reputation hasn’t been harmed by being called a trougher, he’s back in the news pushing his political agenda hard to slap taxes and bans on sugar and advertising of junk food.

Britain is adopting a “ban” on junk food advertising to children, just as a New Zealand authority has choked on a similar rule proposed here.

In both countries, concerns about childhood obesity are driving the hunt for new ways to limit the desire for foods and beverages that are high in fat, salt or sugar.

In Britain, the Committee of Advertising Practice will ban ads that promote junk foods and drinks from any medium where children under 16 are more than 25% of the audience.

In New Zealand a review panel recommended a new rule that ads for chips, chocolate, sugary fizz and other “occasional” foods and drinks must not be displayed ‘in any media or setting where more than 25% of the expected audience are children [under 14]”.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, who was unavailable to comment today, in July described the panel’s proposal as a “major code change” and “an explicit restriction on advertising occasional food and beverage products to children”.

But it emerged today that the Advertising Standards Authority has not yet adopted the recommendations of the panel on the proposed new code of advertising to children and young people.  Read more »

John Key’s legacy is one of under-achievement

Eric Crampton at the NZ Initiative says John Key’s legacy is one of under-achievement.

New Zealand has had a pretty decent eight years under John Key. The rest of the world’s descent into madness accelerated sharply, and New Zealand’s has looked better by comparison.

But Festivus is almost upon us. And the Festivus tradition is not the giving of thanks but the airing of grievances. I have a few.

John Key’s National Party provided superb opposition to Helen Clark. It is not hard to imagine what the John Key of 2006 would say about the past eight years – if they had happened under a Labour government.

Auckland’s housing affordability problems exploded into a housing crisis. Central government refused to amend the RMA to allow easier urban expansion, failed to improve council incentives to pursue growth, and pursued a supercity agenda that did nothing to get more houses built.

While Key blamed coalition politics for blocking RMA reform, National had the numbers to do it after the 2008 election. And National failed to provide any substantive support for a return to First Past the Post, which would also have allowed it to get the job done.   Read more »