Pimping the Peonage

Peonage is another word for servitude and subjugation. We have always had a Pimping the Poor series and I am wondering if we should now have a Pimping the Peonage series given the number of articles promoting the Muslim culture of the subjugation of women in our media.
Vaimoana Tapaleao is the New Zealand Herald’s Pacific Affairs and People reporter and her spin on a woman who wears a Burka and gloves as well as a Niqab or Hijab on other occasions is that covering up brings out the beauty beneath and that negative public reaction to a subjugated woman is nothing more than hostile prejudice.
Burka in France

Niqab in France

Interestingly  Vaimoana is at great pains to reveal that the woman behind the Niqab and Burka mask is a
‘blonde, beautiful, European Kiwi.’ Why do we need to know this? Her identity and beauty or lack of it is irrelevant. The mask takes away her identity and dehumanises her which is why she experiences negativity while wearing it.

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3% of adults experience 53% of crime

And for that, I would like to thank them.

I’ve always been enormously sceptical of official crime statistics and surveys.

They bamboozle you with numbers that suggest fewer crimes have occurred than the year before, and the year before that, and you’re invited to believe that everything is sweet in paradise.

It’s a cynical process that rather reeks of propaganda compiled by public servants and police officers pandering to their political masters.

Massaged numbers aside, the only question that really matters is this: do you really feel like you live in a safer society?

Do the children in your family walk to school (like every child did in the first half of the 1980s?)

I’ve been the victim of several crimes that were more trifling than traumatising. And after serious thought this week I must say I do feel generally safer.

But I’m also keenly aware that potential crime is always lurking. I never leave bags or valuables in a parked car and I stick to well-lit areas. I’d never leave home with a window or door unlocked.

I’m conscious that there are little things I can do to prevent property crime. But I confess my contents insurance is probably on the low side, I haven’t marked all my household items so if they were stolen I might one day get them returned, and I haven’t taken photos of all my property and stashed them safely with all the receipts.

Is this because I don’t really think about being burgled, or because I haven’t got off my chuff and done it. A bit of both I’d say.

So what to make of this week’s latest survey on crime? It’s all slightly confusing, but apparently we’re living in utopia.

While the scumbags and ferals mostly target each other, it certainly feels that way.   Read more »


The TPPA is mediocre, and that’s exactly why it’s good

One of Audrey Young’s more lucid pieces:

Voltaire was not required reading at Hawera High School, so when Trade Minister Tim Groser invited the media, during the TPP press conference in Atlanta this week, to ”remember the old phrase … The excellent is almost always the enemy of the good …” I couldn’t.
Before getting a second to think about it, discussion had moved on to the significance of the Canadian election on the TPP deal.

It wasn’t until NZ First leader Winston Peters started talking on Morning Report a day later that Voltaire’s words hit home.

Mr Peters attacked the deal, effectively because it was less than excellent.

He invoked the words of latter day philosopher and writer Stevie Wonder to suggest ”Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours” was the negotiating plank of the Government.

On the issue of perfection, Mr Peters is right.

We haven’t seen the deal, but we know enough to know it did not land in the ”high quality, ambitious and comprehensive” zone agreed upon four years ago by the 12 parties.

The US, Japan, Canada reneged on that commitment.

If comprehensive and high quality were the test, New Zealand would not sign it.

The question, in the absence of perfection, is what the test should be.

The only rational answer to that is: ”Will New Zealand be better off by signing the TPP or by not signing it?”

Correct.   And to expect an agreement where every country walks away with ‘excellence’ is simply undo-able.  The only way to have winners is to have losers.   And to have no losers, you need compromise.   Read more »


Mental Health Break

Home and Income property for sale in Howick at 2006 price

In 2006 I made the decision to sell one of our investment properties. I felt confident that I could sell it myself and advertised it on Trademe and on a website called Sellahouse. Once it was sold I edited the listing on Trademe which then automatically disappeared once a certain period of time had elapsed.

The Sellahouse listing I found I could not edit or remove. It is so long ago that it is hard to remember but I think I forgot my password for the site and was unable to get back into my ad. Oh well I thought, it will be removed after a certain period of time.

Unfortunately this never happened and year after year I received e-mails, texts and phone calls from eager buyers wanting to purchase the property. I sent e-mails to the website asking them to remove the listing but got no response. Finally in 2014 I received a reply.



So far so good, eight years had passed and finally the listing had been removed or had it?

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The hits on education keep coming

Trevor Mallard

Trevor Mallard

There seems to be a rash of negative education stories at the moment.

Firstly there is the upset over un qualified Grandmothers providing pre school care for 3-4 year olds with Trevor Mallard saying…

“I’m not saying that grandparents can’t look after grandchildren but they’re not professionals or trained and don’t think it’s the role of the state to be paying people who don’t have the training.”

Ironically the situation Trevor is criticising was created by the Labour government.

The Labour government brought in 20-hours free ECE for three and four-year-olds in its final term.

-Kirsty Johnston A Newspaper

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Like a frog in a pot of water slowly being brought to boil


The five referendum flags will be hoisted over Wellington’s town hall on Monday and could soon be fluttering around the country.

The Flag Consideration Panel says the official sets, which were available from yesterday, are free to communities able to fly them close to each other on separate poles.

“It’s an ideal opportunity for communities to see the alternatives in real life situations, and consider their symbols, colours and meaning before ranking them in order of preference in voting papers,” panel chairman Professor John Burrows.

Wellington City Council was first off the blocks, saying they would be hoisted on Monday.

Call me a cynic, but a public body is promoting change over the status quo?  Why should it take a position? Read more »

A newspaper manages a Serco smear and a crim hugging, and it is all overseas


photo supplied by Mrs Scumbag to A newspaper

See if you can figure out why Serco was mentioned here.

A Kiwi was met by Serco staff after his prison sentence for vandalism and then spent nearly three weeks in Brisbane police cells, where lights were left on around the clock.

John Parakuka, whose visa was cancelled after three months in prison for vandalism because of his previous assault conviction, was not allowed outside for fresh air at all and his mental health deteriorated, his partner Deanna Airey said. Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Graham Young, aged 14 when he first stood trial for poisoning, He served a nine year prison term for his crimes (he was thought to have murdered his stepmother at this time), After his release he was jailed for life in the early 1970's for murder having poisoned to death 2 other people and having administered non lethal doses to scores more) (Photo by Bentley Archive/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Graham Young, aged 14 when he first stood trial for poisoning, He served a nine year prison term for his crimes (he was thought to have murdered his stepmother at this time), After his release he was jailed for life in the early 1970’s for murder having poisoned to death 2 other people and having administered non lethal doses to scores more) (Photo by Bentley Archive/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

The Teacup Poisoner

From the start, Graham Young was a troubled boy who spent more time with his chemistry set than interacting with other people. By his teens, Graham developed an unwavering curiosity and love for two things: Hitler and poisons. By the time he was 14, Graham already killed his stepmother and poisoned his entire immediate family. After a stint in a mental institution, where he also killed another patient, Graham was released and wrecked havoc on the United Kingdom for several more years.

Graham Frederick Young was born in Neasden, North London, on 7th September 1947, to Fred and Bessie Young. Unfortunately, his mother developed pleurisy during pregnancy, and died of tuberculosis three months after her son’s birth. Fred Young was devastated by her death, and the infant was put into the care of his aunt Winnie, while his elder sister, Winifred, was taken in by her grandparents.

The young Graham spent the first two years of his life with his aunt and her husband, Jack, and became very close to them. When his father remarried in 1950, and reunited the family again in St. Albans, with his new wife, Molly, Graham showed visible signs of distress at being separated from his aunt. He went on to become a rather peculiar child, solitary in his habits, and made no effort to socialise with others his own age.

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