Mental Health Break

Slavery in New Zealand, yes really.

Slave ship

Slave ship

New Zealand has a low level of modern slavery but people are still being exploited and changes need to be made, a global survey has found.

“Modern slavery for us is any situation where one person deliberately takes away another person’s liberty for some sort of profit or gain,” Walk Free Foundation global research executive director Fiona David says.

Modern slavery traps 35.8million people

This includes human trafficking, forced labour, forced or servile marriage, and the sale and exploitation of children.

New Zealand is estimated to have 600 people in modern slavery, the fourth lowest prevalence of 167 countries in the Global Slavery Index.

The known cases involved workers in modern slavery with the most widely documented being on fishing charter vessels in New Zealand waters, Ms David told NZ Newswire.

Their situations have included being subjected to violence, sexual abuse, being fed stale bread and fish bait, working 30-hour shifts and even being paid 35 cents an hour.”

New laws clamping down on fishing boat conditions come into force in 2016, which was “really positive”, she said.

-NZ Newswire

 

So who in New Zealand are responsible for modern slavery? I did a bit of digging and came up with this…

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Map of the Day

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You can run but you can’t hide from the US government

I'm coming to steal your democracy

Kim Dotcom thinks that he can thumb his nose at the US legal system, well he has another thing to learn about doing things like that…they have a habit of biting you on the arse.

Billboard reports how the US is going after all his assets because they are declaring him a fugitive.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice told a Virginia federal judge that Kim Dotcom and cohorts have no business challenging the seizure of an estimated $67 million in assets because the Megaupload founder is evading prosecution.

The government brought criminal charges against Dotcom in early 2012, but he’s been holed up in New Zealand awaiting word on whether he’ll be extradited. The government got antsy and this past July, brought a civil complaint for forfeiture in rem, a maneuver to firmly establish a hold over money from bank accounts around the world, luxury cars, big televisions, watches, artwork and other property allegedly gained by Megaupload in the course of crimes.  Read more »

Meme Contest

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You know what to do.  Make your own here (this time, actually linked!) or use your photoshop skills.  Remember to stick to commenting and moderation rules, and pop your entry in the comments below Read more »

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I bet he was registered too

The Labour party and various teacher unions all oppose charter schools and one of the reason they do is because there is no requirement for charter schools to have registered teachers.

The unions and opposition politicians all claim registration is there to protect children, despite the never ending line of registered teachers before the disciplinary tribunal or the courts for various offences from rooting their pupils to fraud to drunk driving and drugs offences.

Now another teacher, a principal is under investigation or untoward behaviour and massive staff turnover at two schools…and he is registered.

A principal who headed a school that lost more than 55 teachers in four years is under investigation by the Teachers Council.

Judd McLauchlan oversaw the high teacher turnover at Manurewa’s Rowandale School, before taking the helm at Hamilton’s Berkley Normal Middle School after term 1 this year.

He resigned from his new position in August, with the board of trustees saying the move was for personal reasons.

However, several people involved with the school have told the Herald that Mr McLauchlan’s departure came after staff raised concerns about his behaviour.    Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Image courtesy U.S. National Archives.  In 1945, this photograph of Fat Man on its transport carriage stood for many things. It was emblematic of a nation at war; the peak of technological and scientific innovation; and the future of international conflict. Today, however, it serves as a powerful reminder — of the lives lost; of humanity's enduring relationship with warfare and weaponry; and of an ongoing history of mutually assured destruction.

Image courtesy U.S. National Archives.
In 1945, this photograph of Fat Man on its transport carriage stood for many things. It was emblematic of a nation at war; the peak of technological and scientific innovation; and the future of international conflict. Today, however, it serves as a powerful reminder — of the lives lost; of humanity’s enduring relationship with warfare and weaponry; and of an ongoing history of mutually assured destruction.

Atomic Bomb, “Fat Man”

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Is Russell Brand getting advice from Wrongly Wrongson?

The most wrong political commentator in New Zealand is Wrongly Wrongson, the blogger formerly known as Martyn Martin Bradbury.

Perhaps the most wrong political commentator in the world is Russell Brand. He rates himself, but ‘e’s not a clever as he finks ‘e is.

Right now he is pushing a barrow of stupid uphill in try to defend ISIS.

Steven Crowder takes him apart.

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Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  Roger Price

Credit: Roger Price

Oh Countdown, why didn’t you quit when you were ahead?

 

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Not content to let a 9-10 month Commerce Commission investigation into your business practices rest after being ‘exonerated’, Countdown’s boss Dave Chambers has come out hitting against the country’s politicians.

His chief lobbyist, and Matthew Hooton’s mother in law, Sue Wood can’t have told him that politicians have very long memories and don’t take likely to being told what to do by businessmen.

Then again she might have, if reports out of Parliament telling of her aggressive lobbying of MPs are anything to go by.    Read more »