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The now infamous “burkini” incident was a total set-up.

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Labour don’t like parliament’s time being wasted with ridiculous bills

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Labour’s Kelvin Davis has a bill in the private members ballot tin.  It’s the non-fatal strangulation amendment.  This is clearly needed, because Assault, or Assault with intent to injure simply don’t cut it.

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You’ll love the complexity of the Bill.   It runs on for pages and pages, and it clearly is important enough for Parliament to  spend $400,000 of time and resources debating it.  This is clearly not a “waste”. Read more »

The real cost of true ethical spending and investment

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Unfortunately, you can’t invest in a company that does something unethical, like, oh, I don’t know, makes legal products like grenades, or makes cigarettes.   So let’s say you have the choice of not doing that.  Also, let’s imagine you push this so that no local government, no central government, no school, no university, no hospital, and no police force can purchase, use or otherwise financially support a company that we have somehow declared as… unethical.

We’ll leave the process as to how to decide what is unethical to one side for now.  Let’s start with the ones we have been shown as examples by the Green party yesterday.  Read more »

Will Nikki Kaye be held to account over Auckland Future?

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To the left of Stuart Nash, and with half the brain power

The continued amateur mistakes made by Auckland Future need to be addressed by the National Party. Inside National there were three distinct camps on the Auckland elections. One camp wanted nothing to do with local government. Another was indifferent and a third wanted to get involved.

This camp was lead initially by Paul Goldsmith, a well intentioned individual if a bit politically tone deaf. He can be a bit of an old fogey, but doesn’t make many mistakes. Somewhere along the line Nikki Kaye decided to take over, and relegated Goldsmith to a minor role where he was basically doing Nikki’s bidding.  Read more »

Do you want better news coverage in New Zealand?

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I follow Freed Media and received the following e-mail yesterday. Freed wants to give readers the news they want, when they want it. You can help them with their planning and staff allocation by answering the questions and telling them what news coverage you want.

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Islamic terrorism is a battle not of nations or organizations but of ideas

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Trying to rationalise terrorist attacks and minimise their links to a terrorist organisations is pointless as we are battling ideas not organisations.The organisations came from the ideology, the ideology did not come from the organisations.

The media and effete powers-that-be have been twisting themselves into Halal pretzels Islamsplainin’, rationalizing how a given Muslim terrorist attack isn’t really “Islamic” or isn’t significant. These contortions can become quite ridiculous, such as suggesting that recent Allahu Akbar-shouting Munich shooter Ali Sonboly might somehow have had “right-wing” motives because, among his violent passions, was an interest in Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik.

A more common (un)intellectual contortion is the minimizing tactic of claiming, as is politically correct authorities’ wont, that a given jihadist attacker “has no ties to IS” (the Islamic State), as if there’s nothing to see here if a man doesn’t provide notarized evidence of allegiance to the boogeyman du jour. Yet this is much as if we’d claimed during the Cold War that a Marxist terrorist attack wasn’t really a Marxist™ terrorist attack because we couldn’t find a connection to the Soviet Union. The issue and problem wasn’t primarily the Soviet Union but communism (Marxism birthed the USSR, not the other way around), an evil ideology that wreaks havoc wherever it takes hold. Likewise, the IS didn’t birth Islam; Islam birthed the IS.

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We need to stop listening to the broken record arguments about terrorism

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Laura McNally is a psychologist, author and PhD candidate and her article discusses the broken record arguments that we are forced to listen to repeatedly whenever we discuss terrorism.  After a terrorist attack, the most important issues are sidelined.  Instead of productive discussion about the problem, people focus on apportioning blame and making excuses.

Our discourse on terrorism is a bad record that has been stuck on repeat for decades. And it won’t matter whether I write this today, in a week, a month, or a year. Because with each new attack, the dialogue is only pushed deeper into discord and away from examining terror.

Rather than terror attacks inciting a more thorough and informed understanding of terrorism, there is a predictable tsunami of excuse-making, victim-blaming and sidestepping of the actual issue.

While it’s great that some people believe sharia law can be interpreted in a positive way, or that Muslim people are their best friends, this is not actually addressing terrorism. This political point scoring is increasingly blocking the public from developing better understandings of, and solutions to, terrorism.

Argument 1: Islam has nothing to do with terrorism

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EXCLUSIVE: Why is Penny Webster claiming such high expenses?

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One of the Auckland councillors who voted for the 9.9% rates rise, and is the target of the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance campaign against stupid council spending, Penny Webster, has some very, very interesting expense claims.

Somehow, Cr Webster managed to claim more than the Mayor, and about four-and-a-half times as much as other councillors. This is all according to Auckland Council’s own figures.

Under the requirements of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 details of elected member’s travel, accommodation, meals, mobile phone and other claimed expenses and allowances must be made available publicly. Auckland Council update this information every six months via their website.

Auckland Council have an expense policy describing the reimbursement of costs incurred by elected members carrying out legitimate council duties, including any travel and subsistence costs.   Read more »

From the first formal complaint, it took 9 years to deregister this pervert

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Whaleoil has been pushing for a change in the culture of the heavily slanted bias towards protecting teachers against the consequences of their unacceptable or illegal behaviour. A change would see and end to name suppression, and careers continuing causing more children to be victimised.

Over the last few years the issue of name suppression has become less of a concern as teachers who break the law are invariably outed by name – eventually.

The remaining concern is that from the time concerns are initially raised to the time the teachers are taken away from situations where they can continue to affect the lives of our children is simply too long.

Here is a textbook example that took nine years, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.  Read more »

Defamation? They’ll need to get in line

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Prof Doug Sellman of the University of Otago, Prof Boyd Swinburn of the University of Auckland and anti-smoking activist Shane Bradbock say Slater and Mr Graham have for “some years” been publishing “articles with a negative focus on various public health experts and advocates”.

Much of the pair’s work was revealed in Nicky Hager’s 2014 book Dirty Politics.

“We had hoped things would change, but the various articles and comments remain live on Whale Oil, and Mr Slater has continued to publish further material,” says Prof Swinburn.

“Accordingly, we have decided to bring these proceedings to address what we claim is a campaign of deliberate and sustained defamation.”

The trio say they will be making no further comments until the case has been dealt with by the courts.

The first I heard of this was when I was served the documents.  Read more »