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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Daily Proverb

Proverbs 26

13¬†The lazy person claims, There’s a lion on the road! Yes, I’m sure there’s a lion out there!

Monday nightCap

Stir-fry for 60 people. In one go

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Today’s Trivia

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Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?

 

The London Tower bridge was opening in front of a double-decker bus so the driver just jumped the gap. (source)

 

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