Map of the Day

Why won’t the Marlborough Express run Mayor Sowman’s late night emails?

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Sources in Marlborough are telling the tipline that the Marlborough Express is refusing to run the threatening, late-night emails sent by Mayor Sowman to Corey Hebberd who is critical of wasteful spending on the theatre.

Instead, they prefer to run a lame story about that “world-class” show Beauty and the Beast being staged in the “world-class” theatre, which will likely end up with a “world-class” debt per ratepayer.

Insiders at the Express say an editorial position has been taken in favour of the theatre, and of Mayor Sowman as they are luvvies who think Marlborough needs a “World-class” Theatre, no matter what the cost of it is. It seems, too, that they are somewhat afraid of the bullying mayor.   Read more »

How dodgy is the dodgy socialist dam?

It appears it is very, very, very dodgy. Bruce Bisset explains in the HB Today:

Bizarre farce, corporate heist, democratic dysfunction – call it what you will, but despite six years in development the facts attempting to explain just how the Ruataniwha water storage scheme will work and who must shoulder the cost if it doesn’t are only just beginning to emerge.

And, as sick of the entire mess as we might be, all Hawke’s Bay ratepayers will be sicker once they understand what those facts are – because your wallets, dear readers, and your town and country assets, are on the line.

And this is the point: most people in Hawkes Bay, those who will have to pay for it, don’t know the full story.

Yes, I mean mortgaging the Port of Napier. That’s already a done deal. I have heard that it was apparently a done deal back in 2009 when, after talks with Alan Dick, the Minister of Finance had the clear impression port monies would pay for the RWSS.

And yes, I mean the extensive and expensive irrigation systems farmers taking water from the scheme will install, because the whole shebang could implode if it can’t be made – every year of its working life – to meet the environmental and other conditions stipulated by the Board of Inquiry.

Currently, despite what some might have you believe, the ability of the scheme to meet those conditions is very uncertain, in part because the regional council has not instigated the independent expert panel it was required to set up to review aspects of the scheme as it progressed – such as the (revised) dam design.

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Comment of the Day

The indomitable George again:

Lizzie Marvelly comment (NZH): “Cycle of homelessness can end”.
She claims:

“Before last July I had no idea how it felt to sleep out on the concrete in the middle of winter. I never knew that your bones ache, not just from the cold, but also from the constant contact with the hard, uncompromising surface. I didn’t know that the ground feels much colder than the air, or that sleeping in the city means being woken up almost hourly if you get to sleep at all. I never realised that sleeping outside with a group of strangers can activate ancient human instincts, leading you to cling to any person you know, regardless of how shallow or recent your connection. As the weeks roll by and we fall deeper into the winter months, more than 41,000 Kiwis have no place to call home. And in our proud little nation, we all know that’s not the Kiwi way.”

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Photo Of The Day

Advancing across no man's land in the mist. An assault force advancing across no man's land in what apprears to be either a morning mist or a gas cloud ...

Advancing across no man’s land in the mist. An assault force advancing across no man’s land in what appears to be either a morning mist or a gas cloud …

The Battle of the Somme

But all that my mind sees

Is a quaking bog in a mist — stark, snapped trees,
And the dark Somme flowing.

Vance Palmer (1885–1959),

‘The Farmer Remembers The Somme’

The Battle of the Somme, fought in northern France, was one of the bloodiest of World War One. The aims of the battle, were to relieve the French Army fighting at Verdun and to weaken the German Army. However, the Allies were unable to break through German lines. In total, there were millions dead and wounded on all sides.

The Battle of the Somme, also known as the Somme Offensive, was one of the largest battles of the First World War. Fought between July 1 and November 1, 1916 near the Somme River in France, it was also one of the bloodiest military battles in history. On the first day alone, the British suffered more than 57,000 casualties, and by the end of the campaign the Allies and Central Powers would lose more than 1.5 million men.

A truly nightmarish world greeted the New Zealand Division when it joined the Battle of the Somme in mid-September 1916. The division was part of the third big push of the offensive, designed to crack the German lines once and for all. When it was withdrawn from the line a month later, the decisive breakthrough had still not occurred.

Fifteen thousand members of the division went into action. Nearly 6000 men were wounded and 2000 lost their lives. More than half the New Zealand Somme dead have no known grave. They are commemorated on the New Zealand Memorial to the Missing in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, near Longueval. One of these men returned home to New Zealand in November 2004; his remains lie in the tomb of the Unknown Warrior outside New Zealand’s National War Memorial.

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The unbridled nonsense of multiculturalism

Townhall’s Walter Williams reports:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that multiculturalism has “utterly failed,” adding that it was an illusion to think Germans and foreign workers could “live happily side by side.” The failure of multiculturalism is also seen in Denmark, Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and other European countries. Immigrants coming from Africa and the Middle East refuse to assimilate and instead seek to import the failed cultures they fled.

Leftist diversity advocates and multiculturalists are right to argue that people of all races, religions and cultures should be equal in the eyes of the law. But their argument borders on idiocy when they argue that one set of cultural values cannot be judged superior to another and that to do so is Eurocentrism.

That’s unbridled nonsense. Ask a diversity/multiculturalism advocate: Is forcible female genital mutilation, as practiced in nearly 30 sub-Saharan African and Middle Eastern countries, a morally equivalent cultural value? Slavery is practiced in northern Sudan. In most of the Middle East, there are numerous limits placed on women, such as prohibitions on driving, employment and education. Under Islamic law, in some countries, female adulterers face death by stoning, and thieves are punished by having their hand severed. In some African and Middle Eastern countries, homosexuality is a crime, in some cases punishable by death. Are all these cultural values morally equivalent to those of the West?

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Whaleoil News Quiz

This was clearly due to the lack of cross-dressing toilets

Newshub reports:

Dunedin police are looking for a man who seriously attacked another man sexually while dressed as a woman.

The attack happened around 5:30am on Sunday morning following the All Blacks test match against Wales.

The offender was dressed as a woman and was carrying a jacket and a handbag. He is described as medium to athletic build and is believed to be Maori or Polynesian.

The attacker and the victim were walking from the Octagon along George St to where the attack took place – near the Captain Cook Hotel and the Rob Roy Dairy. Police are asking for help in identifying the attacker.   Read more »

“Don’t touch me” wristbands; the latest in Swedish crime prevention

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You know how we have joked on here about the lycra force field protecting cyclists or, as we more humorously call them, road maggots? Well, it looks like the Swedish police have taken our humour seriously and decided to protect Swedish women with rubber wristbands emblazoned with the words “don’t touch me.” This news story is so bad you would assume that it was satire but, unfortunately, it isn’t. This is a serious police initiative to try to cut down on the many sexual assaults in Sweden. I can’t help but wonder if the words “don’t touch me” are in Swedish or in Arabic. Either way, the only way they would be effective at stopping a sexual assault would be if they were used like a docking ring on the assailant.

Sweden’s police chief unveiled the force’s latest weapon in the fight against sexual assault: wristbands reading “Don’t touch me”.

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The attack on so-called “princess culture” continues

 

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I think I will coin a new phrase. I will call it “academic nitpicky culture” or maybe “mad cow disease culture“.  The hallowed halls of academia are now being used to attack gender stereotypes  because it is no longer okay to be feminine. Academics seem determined to take the feminine out of feminist. Not long after the posts I did on Princess culture (one and two)  the following article from the Washington Post was republished on Stuff.

…The Disney Princess brand suggests that a girl’s most valuable asset is her beauty, which encourages an unhealthy preoccupation with physical appearance. The brand also implies that girls should be sweet and submissive, and should expect a man to come to their rescue in an act of love at first sight.

This nitpicky academic has obviously never watched the Disney movie Mulan or The Princess and the Frog. She admits that there are modern heroines in the movies Tangled, Frozen and Brave but she still maintains that “the brand remains out of step with modern ideas about raising girls.”

Her analysis is not only flawed,  it seems to be a deliberate attempt to ignore the huge volume of evidence to the contrary.

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