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Another union stalwart shoulder-tapped by Labour



Labour leader Andrew Little has ruled out running in New Plymouth in this year’s election, leaving it wide open for outgoing teacher union president and Taranaki high school teacher, Angela Roberts.

After four years at the helm of the Post-Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) Roberts is packing up the last of the boxes and clearing her Wellington desk as she prepares to return to her job as an economics teacher at rural Stratford High School. Read more »

Twitter is under fire for auto-following people for Trump

EVERYTHING SEEMED TO be going so smoothly. No, we’re not talking about the vaunted peaceful transfer of the presidency from one elected leader to the next. We’re talking about the handoff of the @POTUS Twitter account from the Obama administration to the Trump team.

Around the time Donald Trump took the oath of office to become the 45th president, Twitter scrubbed Obama-era tweets from @POTUS and transferred them to @POTUS44. But tonight, Twitter is a-twitter that Twitter is making users perhaps unhappy with who now occupies the White House follow @POTUS—even if they unfollowed the account, or never followed it to begin with.

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Speaking of global warming…

Villagers knit jumpers for Indian elephants to protect the large mammals from near-freezing temperatures

Local women make colourful jumpers for formerly abused animals after staff at conservation centre warn of temperatures dipping close to freezing point.

I wonder how the 97% of climate scientists that have settled the science are going to cope with the onset of a mini ice-age after a virtually static decade of temperatures?   Read more »

Europe’s Jihad against Israel

A summary of some important parts of history that politicians gloss over

  • The UN before 1967 did not refer to the West Bank and Gaza as “occupied” territories when they were “occupied” by Egypt and Jordan after the 1948-49 war, which the Arab states launched against Israel. The Arab states then were the “occupiers” of parts of Palestine west of Jordan until 1967, and rejected any notion of Jews having a historic connection with Palestine, which they claimed was an integral part of Arab lands.
  • From the time of the Balfour Declaration and the League’s Mandate for Palestine until the UN Resolution 181 (1947), reference to Palestine meant land with historic connection to the Jewish people. It was on this basis that the Jews’ (Zionist) claim to reconstitute their national home was given legal recognition by the League, which the UN, as its successor, was legally bound to protect.
  • From the Arab perspective of religion and politics there never was a “Palestinian” people, or nation, distinct and separate from Arabs as a people or nation. The jihad called by the Mufti Haj Amin el-Husseini against Jews in Palestine after 1921 was in the name of “Arabs” and Islam, and it has so remained since. According to the Hamas charter, “the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf [Trust] upon all Muslim generations till the day of Resurrection.”
  • Jerusalem, its principal city, was built by King David, a Jew, some ten centuries earlier. Read more »

Mental Health Break

Shock horror, Red Radio presents both sides of the story

Knock me down with a feather, Red Radio has actually done some journalism. When wading through the typically one-sided fodder usually found in our left-wing media the last thing I expected to find was a balanced piece on Red Radio. My mother-in-law listens to Radio NZ as her sole source of news due to her hectic working schedule and when she tells me what she heard about issues of the day I cringe at the imbalance shown.

…A long-standing foreign policy expert has cast doubt on the real worth of New Zealand’s initiative for peace in the Middle East. A resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories passed 14 votes to none in the dying days of New Zealand’s two-year term on the United Nations Security Council. It won a lot of praise at the time, but was more show than reality and might even make things worse, according to Robert Ayson, a professor of strategic studies at Victoria University.

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