You are a crap parent, and you should do something about it

Is there any place that nanny state won’t go to try and force the ferals, the gormless and the criminally stupid to do even the most basic things right?

It appears not.   Coming soon Рnappies with instructions on how to improve your parenting.

Prompts could be printed on nappies in a bid to remind parents to talk to their babies more often under new proposals being discussed by a government-owned organisation.

The Behavioural Insights Team, also known as the ‘nudge unit’ are to consider the plan, which would see parenting tips written on nappies.

The idea was discussed during a recent meeting of the World Economic Forum in Dubai, which was attended by the team’s chief executive officer Dr David Halpern.

In a blog post he revealed how the idea was discussed in a meeting of the international council of behavioural policy makers, which talked about family ideas.

He wrote: ‘On parenting and families, probably the most left-field proposal was to prompt parents to talk to their kids by printing messages on nappies.’

Using legislation to force manufacturers to change their product to state the bleeding obvious has generally been driven by a litigious background such as exists in the United States ¬†(“you never said not to set fire to my clothes while I was wearing them, so you are to blame”, etc), it opened the door for other busy bodies to consider products to be free billboards for their “messages for stupid people”.

Talk more to your baby. ¬† What. ¬†The. ¬†Hell. ¬† Read more »

Woman needs inducing. Husband climbs on top to get the process started

Wait for the interesting bit, where it mentions a “Do not disturb” sign.

A heavily pregnant woman and her partner were caught having sex in a hospital bed while waiting to have their baby induced.

The mother and father were discovered by a cleaner who heard moaning coming from a private room on the maternity ward.

The worker told hospital bosses what she had found but was informed there are no rules against having sex on the ward at St Michael’s Hospital, in Bristol.

The hospital’s policy is for frisky couples to put a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on the door

There you go.   Apparently having sex in the hospital, whether for medical reasons or not, is accommodated by having a sign that can go on the door.  Do not disturb Рoccupiers are at it.

A hospital source said: ‘Other patients on the unit heard the commotion and were upset. The cleaner was utterly shocked.

‘She was amazed to be told it was OK. The hospital’s advice appears to be just to put a sign up – amazing.’

A hospital spokeswoman said: ‘Staff work hard to ensure privacy and dignity is maintained for all patients. Read more »

Mental Health Break

Newspaper front page no longer suitable for public display

In the ever increasing downward spiral for eyes, UK newspapers have made their front pages so over the top, they are no longer suitable for children.

Two of Britain’s biggest supermarkets have announced that they will cover up the front pages of newspapers over fears that children are being exposed to graphic pictures and headlines.

Waitrose and Tesco have said that they are working on new display methods that will show only the mastheads of some newspapers – keeping explicit content out of the eye line of children.

The move comes following months of pressure from campaign groups No More Page 3 and Child Eyes, who have heralded the decision a victory.

Both groups expressed concern at sexualised images of women and other unsuitable images being presented at such an easily-accessible height. They also argued that explicit and sensationalist headlines shouldn’t be displayed so prominently.

Tesco said that it is working on new ‘display cubes’ that will only display the names of newspapers in vertical panels along the side of the unit. Current cases allow the whole front page to be seen.

A spokesman for the supermarket had made the decision after consulting with customers and campaigners.

The newspapers are all, slowly but surely, heading down based on the same two principles: ¬† Read more »

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Rodney Hide on Sutton: I wouldn’t want my daughter working for Sutton. Would you?

Rodney thinks Sutton’s man card expired a while ago.

Men who get things done don’t hug. They especially don’t hug staff. It’s okay to hug mum at dad’s funeral but that’s about it.

It’s not sexism. I wouldn’t want a boss to hug me. And I know my exact response: do that again and I’ll drop you. I don’t like being touched by the uninvited.

Men who get things done don’t resign over bad taste jokes. They certainly don’t see a psychologist about them. Sutton should have quit the jokes and got on with the job.

Men who get things done don’t brag. Sutton declares: “I have done heaps in this job. I have done lots and lots.” He sounds like a small child.

And he whines: “But I haven’t done enough with my family. I haven’t done school camps.

I have hardly ever been to anybody’s athletic sports.”

Boo hoo. What are we supposed to do? Cry with him?

Yes, that is exactly what you were meant to do. ¬†On top of having his paws all over staff and making stupid sexually charged comments and suggestions, it appears Sutton also admitted to being a shit husband and father. ¬†But, you’re supposed to feel sorry for him because it was totally out of his control. ¬† Read more »

Kerre McIvor on Sutton: “Creepiness is subjective”

One man’s caring, demonstrative boss is another’s predatory old cougar who should keep her opinions to herself.

Of course, some things are clear cut. Stroking body parts (yours or other people’s); sexting; lewd conversations – they are a no-go in the workplace. But sometimes, it’s not so easy to evaluate what is and isn’t appropriate.

The resignation last week of Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) boss, Roger Sutton, came after a seven-week inquiry into sexual harassment allegations against him.

He fronted a press conference attended by senior government officials including the head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Andrew Kibblewhite, and State Services Commissioner, Iain Rennie.

Sutton delivered a beautiful mea culpa – yes, he said, he’d called women sweetheart and honey. Yes, he liked to hug, but that was just him.

He accepted his behaviour was sexist, and was seeing a psychologist to deal with that. He had also decided to resign, despite Rennie saying he didn’t believe Sutton’s behaviour warranted dismissal. And yet he also said Sutton was guilty of serious misconduct, a charge that can warrant instant dismissal.

Sutton said he was exhausted and wanted to spend more time with his family. He wanted to be a better father and husband. And so with tears and one final ambush hug on a startled Kibblewhite, Sutton left the press conference arm in arm with his wife.

I have no doubt it was genuine. I’m sure Sutton was very sorry that he’d hurt anyone’s feelings. This is a guy who likes to be liked. I’m sure he did want to spend time with his family and I’m also certain he was exhausted. Most people in Canterbury dealing with the aftermath of the earthquakes are.

But what on earth was Rennie thinking? The parties involved in the investigation – the complainant, the accused, the witnesses – were bound by confidentiality agreements. And yet Rennie stayed schtum while Sutton presented his version of events.

Iain Rennie had a huge brain fart. ¬† Read more »

Connect the dots: Leaked document to Vance, Vance gets comment from Norman

Nothing like undermining national security in the name of public interest.

Controversial “temporary” terror law changes to crack down on suspected foreign fighters will come before Parliament this week – and a leaked draft¬†reveals they will be in place until 2018.

Controversial?   Well, at least we know to which mast Andrea Vance is nailing her colours.

Previously unseen proposals would see the passports of wannabe jihadis cancelled while the holders are overseas, leaving them stateless – in a breach of an international ban.

Yes, they were previously unseen because the document was leaked. ¬†You weren’t supposed to see it yet.

And the Security Intelligence Service will be able to request a suspected terrorist be temporarily stripped of their travel documents for 10 working days without providing evidence.

This buys spies time to make a case for restricting travel.

Prime Minister John Key outlined plans to stop Kiwis leaving the country to join the Islamic State earlier this month.

He indicated the changes – which boost surveillance powers and allow passports to be cancelled for up to three years – would have a sunset clause and expire if not carried forward by a review of the intelligence services next year.

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Photo Of The Day

Photograph by Anand Varma; Jacques Brodeur Lab, University of Montreal

Photograph by Anand Varma; Jacques Brodeur Lab, University of Montreal

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Some more crims show Kim Dotcom just how easy it is to get away

Kim Dotcom has another bail hearing tomorrow but we have an inkling over what it is about because of the restriction on him. Clearly he is believed to be a flight risk.

But that shouldn’t stop him, after all in recent weeks two criminals have absconded and this morning the Herald on Sunday reveals two more have as well.

All this shows that Kim Dotcom should forget about jets and yachts for his escape…he should just get a passport in a false hame, pop a wig on and do a runner that way. Might I suggest he changes out of the black onesie…that is a bit of a give away.

A fugitive couple wanted on fraud and sex charges are believed to have fled the country using false passports.

Kiwi Paul Bennett and Australian partner Simone Wright travelled the length of New Zealand evading authorities, before disappearing four months ago. ¬† Read more »