Mental Health Break

John on John, and why I am poison

6a00d83451d75d69e2014e86353a75970d-320wiAs you all know, I was quite frustrated with Key over the way he handled Judith Collins career.  As I knew, and we all know now, she’s not done a single thing that she should step down for.  Key wisely returned her Honourable title the instant the report came out.

But strangely, in a parallel universe, when I’m over my little spat, the fact I TXTed Key to tell him Phil Goff had leaked the SIS report to colleagues and media has been picked up by opposition and media alike to drive a wedge in.

This is their thinking:   Goff breaking the law and leaking a report is ok.   The PM receiving a TXT from “a blogger” identifying the leak is not.

Armstrong joins the NZ Herald scrum to take me down, but is happy to let Key take all the collateral damage at the same time.

The Prime Minister’s week of absolute, undiluted hell reached its climax in the mind-boggling revelation that he remained in seemingly cordial contact with the very person who has been a root cause of the aggravation he is now enduring – Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater.

In conversing with Slater – the second most-despised figure in New Zealand politics after Kim Dotcom – Key has compromised his assurance that he had no knowledge of the dirty tricks operation. Read more »

Map of the Day

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Oil Fields – Rio Negro, Argentina

 


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Rodney Hide on union fear and loathing of charter schools

Rodney Hide writes in the NBR about the fear and loathing of charters schools by doctrinaire unions.

On cue with last week’s column explaining why lefties are a miserable lot, the principal of Bruce McLaren Intermediate, Roy Lilley, hit the papers having a moan.

His gripe? Charter schools. His worry? That they will pinch his pupils with inducements of a free uniform and a policy of no donations. The new charter schools, he says, will have a “huge” and negative impact.

The newspaper reports Mr Lilley’s school having 416 spare places. The 2013 Education Review Office Report confirms the roll at 248. His school’s almost two-thirds empty.

Why isn’t Mr Lilly offering free uniforms? Why isn’t he having a “no donations” policy? Why isn’t he offering what students and parents want, so a charter school is no threat? Why isn’t he offering to rent his spare capacity to the new charter school and achieve synergy?

Why aren’t we laughing at him?

We would if he was the local supermarket whining about a rival opening up down the road. We would be laughing and looking forward to sharper prices, better service and higher quality produce.

Teachers, and their unions aren’t interested in any of that, they are interested in protecting their own hegemony of the system.

But schools are different. Here we have never known choice and competition. Our schools are run like the Soviet economy. The Ministry of Education is our Kremlin.

The Soviets were frightened: who would feed, clothe and house them if not the government? We are the same. We can’t imagine schooling in the absence of government direction and control.

Who would build the schools? Who would feed the teachers? Who would decide what is to be taught? And how?

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How is your wellbeing? Probably a lot worse after you read this

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Do you know any Wellbeing Instructors?   Massage Therapists?  If you do, they might get a well paid job at Auckland Council

We are searching for exceptional people who can drive and encourage our people to re-new their zest for life and improve their wellness.

With the recent opening of our corporate wellbeing centre we now have the opportunity to offer a range of user pays fitness and wellness classes to our 3,600+ CBD located employees. Read more »

Mad mullahs threatening Israel again

The Mad mullahs in charge of Iran are threatening Israel again.

Only the truly stupid would threaten a country with superior weapon technology, including nukes, but there you go, who said Islamists were sane?

On Thursday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei directed another threat toward Israel using Twitter.

“US says that Israel’s security must be protected,” he Tweeted. “Know that whether or not a deal is achieved, #Israel will get more insecure on a daily basis.”

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Photo Of The Day

Photo: Mike Browne

Photo: Mike Browne

Gooey Gumhead Statue

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Random Impertinent Statistics

Statistics can be fun when they show what you want to see.

Just for fun I compared THREE so called Journalists this morning and this is what I discovered. Cameron Slater rates constantly…Rachel Smalley only when she calls NZ women lardos and heifers and Nicky Hager when he talks about Cameron Slater.

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Then I had a look at… Read more »

From the passenger seat: How to slay Slater?

By Pete

You can’t turn on the radio, TV or read news stories without being bombarded with negatives about Cameron Slater.  The very Cameron Slater who has come out, legally, squeaky clean out of Government Inquiries, and is facing not a single charge in court for breaking any laws.  Nor is he charged, or under investigation by police.

It is no wonder that there is a full court press from Labour.  Not only are they implicitly scared of him and his abilities, they also know that a black cloud is forming over them, and their associates.  They failed to take him down the first time, and now, they are all out to do a job that they failed to do a few months ago.

What may be odd is that the media are now all after Cam Slater as well.  They are assisting Labour in trying to paint Slater as some kind of evil to New Zealand.   But what is it that he actually does?

He runs a blog.

Surely that can’t be it?   Should someone with a web site, that nobody is forced to visit, be so feared and vilified?

The media have other motivations, the least of which is that they have been, and still are, working closely with Cam when it suits them, but at the same time, they are trying to make it look like he’s one of the most evil people in the country.

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US teacher union bullying Coca-Cola

When the left don;t like you, or what you have to say they start their vilification and bullying.

We have seen this many times in NZ. Willie and JT and Radio Live attacked by left wingers intent on brand destruction, Paul Henry hounded out of a job, vilification and attacks on me by the left-wing to attempt to silence me.

This is the way of them. Bullying, intimidation, threats, and blackmail…all stock in trade of the left-wing and Union movements.

Now a teacher’s union in the US is taking on Coca-cola with a wonky jihad.

American Federation of Teachers, one of the largest teachers unions in the United States, passed a resolution last week to ban Coca-Cola from its facilities and events.

The teachers union stated its decision was based on human rights violations, which have been detailed in three books published several years ago.

The questions remain: why now and why is this important to a teachers union?

Because AFT is a labor organization, it will stand in solidarity with other labor organizations that have taken a stance against Coca-Cola, AFT spokesman Michael Heenan told Watchdog.org.

Coca-Cola responded to AFT’s claims in an email to Watchdog.org, saying they were based on “outdated and erroneous allegations that we have repeatedly addressed.”    Read more »