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Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Trotter gets a bit wonky with his thinking

Chris Trotter looks at Winston Peters and at John Key.

It’s a good article but gets some things dreadfully wrong.

The successful populist politician’s response will always echo that of Alexandre Ledru-Rollin, one of the leaders of the February Revolution of 1848 in France: “There go the people. I must follow them, for I am their leader.”

To carry off this leading-by-following trick, the populist politician requires both a vigilant eye and an unusually sensitive ear. In present-day New Zealand, for example, only a blind, deaf and extremely dumb populist would assume that to stay behind the rage he has only to hurl abuse at John Key’s government. All he would demonstrate by such tactics is how thoroughly he has missed the fact that John Key is, himself, an extremely accomplished populist leader. What’s more, John Key, unlike Alexandre Ledru-Rollin, has no need to go running after the crowds. Thanks to his pollster, David Farrar, and focus-group supremo, Mark Textor, the Prime Minister knows exactly where the people are going. That’s why he’s so often to be found parked there, waiting for them to arrive.

David Farrar is probably New Zealand’s best pollster…he keeps John Key and Steven Joyce focussed.

Though the article is wrong and shows it clearly in this statement.

Mr Key’s Cabinet’s slavish adherence to neoliberal ideology has meant that economic and social policies that could have really assisted the “average Kiwi” are consistently ruled out of contention

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Another pinko journalist doesn’t get the message about Andrew Little

What do you mean I need a media person?

What do you mean I need a media person?

Over the last few weeks we have looked closely at Andrew Little, and his speaking style.

As usual the left have said I am critical because he is Labour leader, not because it is an honestly held belief that he is dead set useless.

He hems and haws and bobs and weaves and can’t deliver a decent speech. He is wooden, loses his voice, and gets shouty.  Read more »

Interesting comparison between Jesus and Muhammad

I enjoyed this article because it addresses the fact that throughout history religion has been used as an excuse for war. People have killed in the name of their God. Given this undisputed fact, how can we describe Christianity or Islam as a religion of peace? How do we decide if either or neither are inherently peaceful?

It turns out that the best way to judge a religion or political ideology is to look at both the words and the actions of the person who started the movement in the first place. If I start a religion and I tell my followers to never eat meat and I write my rules down for never eating meat and I myself never eat meat, then any follower who eats meat is therefore not a true follower. They have no right to call themselves a follower of my religion as they do not emulate my actions, my words or my rules.

Islam claims to be a religion of peace. Christianity also claims to be a religion of peace. Are both claims true or is only one of the two religions truly of peace?

 

Prophet Hazrat Muhammad Muhammad PBUH Quotes

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John Key upset at “stuck up” New Zealand authors

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Popular Prime Minister John Key says he’s struggled with being an ambassador for the literary arts because he doesn’t think the literary arts are doing as much as it could to support New Zealand.

Key, who won the 2008, 2011 and 2014 elections as leader for the National Party, has been at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland where he told reporters he’s struggled with his identity as a New Zealand politician.   Read more »

Winston back hatin’ on the Chinese to get in the news

I’d ignore this, but the problem is, he spouts this crap and the MSM are happy to give him the space.

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has criticised the number of foreign students choosing to study here, saying it is likely due to incentives such as permanent residency.

Mr Peters said there were 93,000 overseas students enrolled to study, an increase of 12 per cent in the last year.

He also noted that the number of Indian students studying in New Zealand had risen by 60 per cent over the last year. “The number coming in is spiralling thanks to ‘incentives’ being offered beyond the visa rules. The National government’s softening of restrictions, by allowing foreign students to work is pushing numbers to unacceptable levels.

What Peters doesn’t mention is that education is a substantial foreign exchange earner for New Zealand.  He makes it sound like they come into the country packed in containers with flat screen TVs.   Read more »

Who is Andrew Little? Can Andrew Little Fundraise

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The Labour Party Leadership election proved to be very cheap for the Union backers of Andrew Little.

They didn’t even give him enough to break the donation limit of $500 before it needed to be declared.

Donations received in Labour’s leadership contest, October/ November 2014:

Andrew Little: total of $5000-$6000. None of more than $500.

David Parker: total of $23,000. Donations of $10,000 and $5000 from Rodger Finlay and Selwyn Pellett.

Grant Robertson: total of $18,000. $5000 from an uncle, $1000 from party member Tim Scott and $1900 in printing costs from PrintShop.

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John Key between a rock and a hard place?

Prime Minister John Key has dismissed media reports that there is a police investigation into National MP Mike Sabin as rumours.

…as rumours?

There have been reports in some news media since December last year that police were investigating allegations against Mr Sabin, who is the chair of the law and order select committee.

Mr Key told Morning Report Mr Sabin remained a fully functioning member of caucus.

The prime minister said he had taken legal advice about what he describes as rumours.

“I’m obviously aware of people wanting to make allegations but I’m just not in a position for a variety of different reasons, legal and otherwise, to want to make comments about that,” said Mr Key

“I’ve got very good advice that I shouldn’t be making comments about either him or anybody else.”

John Key said he would not buy into a rumour mill and he was happy for Mr Sabin to continue in his role with the law and order select committee.

He said if he was required to comment on the case, he would.

Of course, it’s not that easy.  And what I warned him about has come to pass:   Read more »

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Face of the day

Aristotle

Aristotle

Most of us have been taught that we have five senses.

Sight,smell, touch, taste, hearing.

Five senses

Five senses

Aristotle has been widely credited with coming up with this classification. His ideas profoundly influenced

Judeo-Islamic philosophical and theological thought during the Middle Ages and continues to influence Christian theology, especially the scholastic tradition of the Catholic Church. Aristotle was well known among medieval Muslim intellectuals and revered as “The First Teacher” (Arabic: المعلم الأول‎).

-Wiki

It turns out that depending on how you count them we humans actually have 14 to 20 senses. The five we were taught in school were the most obvious ones that we could have figured out for ourselves. The other senses are less obvious and therefore more interesting.

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