Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Media Trolls

trolls

troll
One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument

-Urbandictionary

I had forgotten all about trolls when I ventured onto a MSM site the other day to view an article about Cameron’s Charity boxing match against Jesse. I am so used to our well moderated, polite and respectful site now that I expect the same standard on the so called professional sites of the Main Steam Media. Other Blogs I realise often have poor or no moderation but I naively thought that verbal abuse and wishing people to die horribly would be removed by moderators. I made a few comments, mainly correcting lies told about Cameron and the Trolls went nuts. I soon left and stopped replying. That made them go even more nuts. One Troll said something horrible to try to prod me into a response and when they were ignored they tried again posting a second reply to my original comment. Others joined in and soon they were having a conversation about me even though I was no longer participating. It was crazy. The next day I had a look and they were still going.

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Wasting police time, or community relations?

New Plymouth police have been rapped over the knuckles by national headquarters for taking a hospitable approach to those asking for a breath test.

It was reported earlier this month that people often entered the station asking to be tested. Officers, if not too busy, were happy to oblige.

However, New Plymouth police have now been told their approach does not line up with national policy – and that they should stop immediately.

“While these staff have acted in good faith and with the best of intentions, there is a risk if for example someone initially passes a test, then drives and is found later to be over the limit, or is involved in a crash, which could have tragic consequences,” Central Districts Acting District Commander Inspector Mark Harrison said.

Have we now turned into the United States, where people in official capacities are stopped from assisting the public out of kindness, in case there is a mistake and it causes some liability? ¬† Read more »

NZ is the only country where Internet access is getting more expensive

Spark, Vodafone and Callplus together represent 94 percent of the residential internet market and all have put up their prices for home internet packages.

Internet service providers blame the rises on the Commerce Commission’s recent draft decision which reduced the price companies pay for use of the copper wire network.

The charges relate to what Chorus (the wholesaler) charges internet service providers and telcos like Spark, Vodafone, Orcon, Slingshot and Flip, for accessing their copper infrastructure which was deployed years ago by the Post Office. Those wires run down almost every street in the country and are the phone lines we have been using for decades.

Because it is a monopoly, the price that the wholesaler can charge is regulated by the Commerce Commission.

In 2011, when Telecom was split into a retail arm (Telecom) and a wholesale arm (Chorus), the Commission had to work out what Chorus’s wholesale services were worth, and what price they would charge internet service providers and telcos, including Telecom (now Spark) to use those services.

The price was originally set at about $45 per customer per month. Read more »

Rankin calls for Burqa ban at Waitangi

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Outspoken Ngaphui leader David Rankin had called for a ban of the burqa at Waitangi.

Presumably not just for Waitangi Day but all times.

With the 175th anniversary of the Treaty of Waitangi approaching, the Ngapuhi leader David Rankin has called for a ban on burqas being worn at Waitangi, citing cultural reasons:

‚ÄúIslam condemns cultures that do not comply with its rules.¬†¬†We therefore see Islam as a direct threat to our rangatiratanga (sovereignty) and our culture,‚ÄĚ he says. ¬† Read more »

Who is Andrew Little? – The EPMU Years

Andrew Little’s claim that he is a leader is based around his years at the EPMU. He spent 19 years in the union movement, and is very proud of his achievements at the EPMU.

Our pinko mate Farrar knows union history backwards and wrote the following in 2009:

Andrew became the union’s general counsel in 1997, then the assistant national secretary and next year will celebrate ten years as national secretary of the EPMU.

For many years Andrew has also been on the National Council of the Labour Party, representing the union affiliates who provide much of the money and manpower to Labour in exchange for bulk voting rights at conferences.

In his Palmerston North campaign speech he made the following claim.

I am standing for the Labour Party Leadership for two principal reasons. Firstly I have led significant change in a large organisation. When I took over at the EPMU, our largest private sector union, we were an organisation in three parts. ¬†¬† Read more »

The last voices of The Holocaust

Today is the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

The Washington Post has produced this clip.

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This does my head in: dumb parents

Struggling to afford new uniforms and stationery, a leading budgeting service says some parents are having to resort to money lenders to cope.

Mother of Year 9 student Ezra Beach says she recycles to help with the pressure of added costs.

“We’ve been through his pencil case, I save some of the clear files,” Celia Beach told ONE News.

“If I had three or four kids at school that’s a huge expense and that’s only the start. You haven’t got the uniforms or shoes.”

Darryl Evans from Mangere Budgeting Service says pressures on families are forcing them to go to money lenders. Read more »

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Faces of the day

Lest we forget, today’s faces of the day will remind us. These are powerful images drawn by artists who experienced the horrors of Auschwitz themselves.

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The Nazis did all they could to make their Jewish captives faceless, dressing them in uniforms and tattooing them with numbers that would become their new identities.

In the midst of that horror — indeed, in perhaps the most horrific place a Jew could land at the time — prisoners sought to take their images back and made sure that art was still present.

Franciszek JaŇļwiecki, a Polish artist and political prisoner at Auschwitz, made portraits of fellow prisoners. Though the portraits portrayed prisoners of various nationalities and ages, they shared the same haunting quality, according to Agnieszka Sieradzka, an art historian at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.

“The most interesting in these portraits are eyes — a very strange helplessness,” she says. “Prisoners created portraits because the desire to have an image was very strong.”

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