Rodney Hide on Sutton: I wouldn’t want my daughter working for Sutton. Would you?

Rodney thinks Sutton’s man card expired a while ago.

Men who get things done don’t hug. They especially don’t hug staff. It’s okay to hug mum at dad’s funeral but that’s about it.

It’s not sexism. I wouldn’t want a boss to hug me. And I know my exact response: do that again and I’ll drop you. I don’t like being touched by the uninvited.

Men who get things done don’t resign over bad taste jokes. They certainly don’t see a psychologist about them. Sutton should have quit the jokes and got on with the job.

Men who get things done don’t brag. Sutton declares: “I have done heaps in this job. I have done lots and lots.” He sounds like a small child.

And he whines: “But I haven’t done enough with my family. I haven’t done school camps.

I have hardly ever been to anybody’s athletic sports.”

Boo hoo. What are we supposed to do? Cry with him?

Yes, that is exactly what you were meant to do.  On top of having his paws all over staff and making stupid sexually charged comments and suggestions, it appears Sutton also admitted to being a shit husband and father.  But, you’re supposed to feel sorry for him because it was totally out of his control.   Read more »

Kerre McIvor on Sutton: “Creepiness is subjective”

One man’s caring, demonstrative boss is another’s predatory old cougar who should keep her opinions to herself.

Of course, some things are clear cut. Stroking body parts (yours or other people’s); sexting; lewd conversations – they are a no-go in the workplace. But sometimes, it’s not so easy to evaluate what is and isn’t appropriate.

The resignation last week of Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) boss, Roger Sutton, came after a seven-week inquiry into sexual harassment allegations against him.

He fronted a press conference attended by senior government officials including the head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Andrew Kibblewhite, and State Services Commissioner, Iain Rennie.

Sutton delivered a beautiful mea culpa – yes, he said, he’d called women sweetheart and honey. Yes, he liked to hug, but that was just him.

He accepted his behaviour was sexist, and was seeing a psychologist to deal with that. He had also decided to resign, despite Rennie saying he didn’t believe Sutton’s behaviour warranted dismissal. And yet he also said Sutton was guilty of serious misconduct, a charge that can warrant instant dismissal.

Sutton said he was exhausted and wanted to spend more time with his family. He wanted to be a better father and husband. And so with tears and one final ambush hug on a startled Kibblewhite, Sutton left the press conference arm in arm with his wife.

I have no doubt it was genuine. I’m sure Sutton was very sorry that he’d hurt anyone’s feelings. This is a guy who likes to be liked. I’m sure he did want to spend time with his family and I’m also certain he was exhausted. Most people in Canterbury dealing with the aftermath of the earthquakes are.

But what on earth was Rennie thinking? The parties involved in the investigation – the complainant, the accused, the witnesses – were bound by confidentiality agreements. And yet Rennie stayed schtum while Sutton presented his version of events.

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Connect the dots: Leaked document to Vance, Vance gets comment from Norman

Nothing like undermining national security in the name of public interest.

Controversial “temporary” terror law changes to crack down on suspected foreign fighters will come before Parliament this week – and a leaked draft reveals they will be in place until 2018.

Controversial?   Well, at least we know to which mast Andrea Vance is nailing her colours.

Previously unseen proposals would see the passports of wannabe jihadis cancelled while the holders are overseas, leaving them stateless – in a breach of an international ban.

Yes, they were previously unseen because the document was leaked.  You weren’t supposed to see it yet.

And the Security Intelligence Service will be able to request a suspected terrorist be temporarily stripped of their travel documents for 10 working days without providing evidence.

This buys spies time to make a case for restricting travel.

Prime Minister John Key outlined plans to stop Kiwis leaving the country to join the Islamic State earlier this month.

He indicated the changes – which boost surveillance powers and allow passports to be cancelled for up to three years – would have a sunset clause and expire if not carried forward by a review of the intelligence services next year.

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Photo Of The Day

Photograph by Anand Varma; Jacques Brodeur Lab, University of Montreal

Photograph by Anand Varma; Jacques Brodeur Lab, University of Montreal

Parasitic Wasp | Spotted Lady Beetle

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Some more crims show Kim Dotcom just how easy it is to get away

Kim Dotcom has another bail hearing tomorrow but we have an inkling over what it is about because of the restriction on him. Clearly he is believed to be a flight risk.

But that shouldn’t stop him, after all in recent weeks two criminals have absconded and this morning the Herald on Sunday reveals two more have as well.

All this shows that Kim Dotcom should forget about jets and yachts for his escape…he should just get a passport in a false hame, pop a wig on and do a runner that way. Might I suggest he changes out of the black onesie…that is a bit of a give away.

A fugitive couple wanted on fraud and sex charges are believed to have fled the country using false passports.

Kiwi Paul Bennett and Australian partner Simone Wright travelled the length of New Zealand evading authorities, before disappearing four months ago.   Read more »

A word of warning for fools who hate on their former bosses and blab it all over social media

Some people have gone to town on social media, joining in on the kicking of Roger Sutton. You’d have to wonder they have remained silent for so long but only come out of the woodwork now one of their media pals is having a larrup. Probably because they were protecting lucrative troughing contracts at the taxpayers considerable expense flying in and out of Christchurch to share their pearls of PR wisdom.

That course of action though might well be fraught with danger after a recent Employment Court ruling.=

Employees are being warned not to air dirty laundry about their bosses on social media – even after leaving a job – after a former oil company employee was ordered to pay more than $2500 for making disparaging remarks on Facebook.

The case before the Employment Relations Authority has prompted a call for caution from a top Wellington employment law specialist.

The authority heard that in May last year Kristel McLeod received a “substantial” settlement during an employment dispute with Kea Petroleum Holdings Ltd.

In return, she signed an agreement that she would never speak disparagingly of the company or its officers, the authority said.

Kea is an oil and gas exploration company, which has offices in New Plymouth, Wellington and London.    Read more »

My how the Media worm has turned

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My, how the Media worm has turned. The whole time this website was trying to get the message out to the public about Kim Dotcom the media consistently described him in the following ways…

The New Zealand Herald described him like this:

Tycoon could be kicked out of country for failing to disclose conviction.

…troubled internet millionaire Kim Dotcom has found himself kicked off the cloud storage site he founded.

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom will face tougher new bail conditions and make a daily visit to the police for at least the next week.

But the Megaupload founder’s US lawyer, Ira Rothken, has tweeted that both Davison and Simpson Grierson are stepping down from Dotcom’s legal team.

Internet millionaire Kim Dotcom has lost his appeal

Claims by internet mogul Kim Dotcom of a conspiracy between the United States and New Zealand Governments do not have “an air of reality”, a High Court judge has ruled.

One News described him like this:

The internet entrepreneur is in a High Court battle over an attempt to extradite him to the US to face piracy charges.

Internet entrepreneur and Internet Party founder Kim Dotcom was joined by US journalist Glenn Greenwald at the Auckland Town Hall for the ‘Moment of Truth’ which Dotcom predicted would be a “bombshell” just days ahead of Saturday’s General Election.

T.V 3 described him like this:

Immigration NZ (INZ) says it will consider if there is any “liability” to deport internet millionaire Kim Dotcom, after it was revealed he failed to declare a conviction for dangerous driving when he applied for New Zealand residency.

Now however he is being described like this…

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Stupid is as Stupid does [UPDATED]

UPDATED:  We can confirm what the NZ Herald could not

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Some people are just retarded.


A woman caught sitting on a jet ski as it was towed by a truck along an Auckland motorway has been labelled careless and stupid.

The over-enthusiastic jet skier was snapped in a photo by a passing motorist on the North-Western motorway in the area of the inner-city suburb of Newton – where other vehicles passing her could reach speeds of 100 kmh.

The photo has become a viral hit online.

Police spokeswoman Noreen Hegarty rebuked the woman for her life-threatening stunt. ”Stupidity on the roads causes heartbreaks in homes,” she said.

She said the woman and the driver were committing a traffic offence. If police track them down, they risk penalties for dangerous driving and having an unrestrained passenger in tow.

Hegarty said it was unclear when the offending occurred despite the photo going viral last week.

She said police were asking people to come forward and identify the woman.

Organ donors!

 

– Fairfax

Now Egypt is sick of Hamas’ tunnels of terror

Israel launched an operation to stop rocket attacks, and to destroy the tunnels that Hamas was building under the border in order to attack Israel.

Now Egypt is moving against Hamas tunnels…and they aren’t anything like Israel.

Critics who think Israel is taking a heavy-handed approach in destroying Hamas terror tunnels should see what Egypt has in mind.

Facing the same type of underground routes out of Gaza that allowed terrorists to mount attacks on Israel, Egypt is considering creating a huge, 1,000-meter buffer zone in the Sinai Peninsula – they have already evicted 10,000 people in the process of clearing the first 500 meters — and digging a deep-water trench that would flood any future efforts to carve subterranean routes for smuggling weapons and terrorists in and out of Gaza. And unlike the fierce resistance and international public relations campaign Hamas mounted against Israel in August, the terrorist group that governs Gaza appears to not be seeking a head-on fight with Cairo.

“I don’t think that Hamas is looking for a confrontation with Egypt,” Zvi Mazel, Israel’s ambassador to Egypt from 1996–2001, told FoxNews.com. “They don’t want to put more oil on the fire. After all, Hamas stems from the Muslim Brotherhood — and the presence of the Brotherhood is nowhere in the fight now — so Hamas doesn’t want to speak too loud.”  Read more »

Do you have ‘Text Neck’?

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Have you heard of ‘text’ neck’?

I hadn’t until yesterday but apparently this is rife now and causing alarming injuries.

I wonder how long before ACC starts to record injuries as being caused by texting.

​Resea​rchers at the National Library of Medicine have just found out that there is an epidemic sweeping America called—and this is possibly the best name for a medical condition since “micropenis”—”text neck”.

Text neck. Text. Neck. It’s when you look down at your phone too much—when walking down the street, perhaps, or when you’re sitting in front of me at the cinema, or at the bar instead of talking—and the weight of your big dumb head plus the Earth’s gravity puts unbearable strain on your neck and spine. The condition can cause muscle strain, pinched nerves, herniated discs, and, over time, even remove your neck’s natural curve. And all because you had to keep an eye on your group text message while someone went through a bad breakup. All because you were taking a screenshot of a fun interaction you had on Tinder.

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