Both Aussie and NZ Green Taliban join John Key and Labour in calling for New Zealand crims to get special treatment

With diversion, community service and home detention, you have to have been specifically bad or slow to learn to end up in an Australian prison, so you have earned your place.  

But now the crim hugging hippies want New Zealanders in Australian detention centres to be treated differently, better,  to all the other foreigners that are ready for deportation.  

New Zealanders held in Australian detention centres without any indication of when they will be deported are frustrated and confused, a politician who has visited the centres says.

Australian Greens’ immigration spokeswoman Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the “desperation” of the indefinite nature of the detention was a problem.

“You’ve got to remember that people haven’t been given sentences. They’re there for as long as the Australian Government wants them to be,” Hanson-Young told TVNZ’s Q+A.

“It could be a matter of weeks, it could be a matter of months, it could, in fact, like it is for many, a matter of years.

“And of course the longer people are in these places, the worse their mental health gets. And that’s what we’ve started to see.”   Read more »

Mine it, drill it, sell it

tim howard

Tim Howard – Luddite and filthy hippy

Are we really going to let a few dozen filthy hippies stop the rest of us utilise natural resources that will benefit the community?  

Because they’ve been very effective at doing so. Why are we so afraid? They’re few.

The only apparent problem is that the Media Party gets behind them and is able to amplify their puny voices and scare the bejesus out of poll driven politicians…especially poll driven fruit-cake politicians scared of bad tweets.

A Northland anti-mining group is urging locals not to engage with an Australian company planning to prospect for gold north of Whangarei.

Evolution Mining has bought the exploration licenses formerly held by De Grey Limited for Puhipuhi, and planned to begin geophysical survey work within the fortnight.

Minewatch Northland spokesman Tim Howard said locals should oppose the miners because of the risk they presented in an area with high mercury levels and heavy rainfall.

“It’s the wettest area in Northland, it has the heaviest rainfall,” Mr Howard said.   Read more »

Still looking for the holy grail to replace 1080

1080 poison kills everything, including the birds it is supposed to protect.

The dirty little secret of 1080, that the government refuses to acknowledge is that the Department of Conservation is addicted to the stuff because it is so effective at killing everything. DOC doesn’t care about a few birds so longs as deer, goats, and every other four legged creature is killed…oh including possums which are actually the target species.

Researchers looking for a natural and indigenous replacement for 1080 say it is difficult to come up with a more effective pest-killer.

After an initial shortlist of six plants, a five-year programme focused on the toxin tutin, from the tutu plant, which is known to have poisoned people and killed livestock.

But the results have shown it is not as effective on rats as 1080.    Read more »

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Face of the day

Humans of Dublin's photo.

Humans of Dublin’s photo-Facebook

Today’s face of the day has been at rock bottom and has clambered back up and made a happy life for himself. His story is the kind that I relate to. Very few people have it easy in life. I admire those who despite what life throws at them have the courage to do what needs to be done to get them back on track.

On February 5th I came down to wish my mother a happy birthday before I went to work and found her dead… She’d have been 45 that day. She was my best friend and my idol, and I was her only child. I was broken.
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Word of the day

The word for today is…

prescient (adj) – Perceiving the significance of events before they occur;

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1620s, from Middle French prescient (15th century) and directly from Latin praescientem (nominative praesciens), present participle of praescire .

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 4

19But the way of the wicked is like total darkness. They have no idea what they are stumbling over.

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It’s a classic

Sometimes we just have to lift the standard and risk losing our audience


Today’s Trivia


Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?

France and Scotland were allies between 1295 and 1560. (Source)

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