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Sicko ISIS thugs fill movie theatres full of blood thirsty scumbags delighting in the suffering of people

These are the people that Andrew Little has sided with in opposing our troop deployments to Iraq.

They are sick thugs who replay their atrocities to movie theatres full of blood thirsty scumbags including children, delighting in the suffering of people.

Bloodthirsty citizens living under the rule of the Islamic State in Syria are flocking to cinemas where the terror group’s latest atrocities are played on a loop.

Photographs taken in Aleppo province show crowds sitting cross-legged on the floor of a theatre where they watch gruesome footage of beheadings, shootings and people being burnt to death.

Boys who appear no older than eight are seen sitting alongside bearded militants in the picture house, where the brutal beheadings of Western hostages by Jihadi John, and the sickening murder of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh are played over and over.

The murder of al-Kaseasbeh appears to be a particular favourite among the sadistic crowd as the film of him being locked in a cage, covered in a petrol and set alight by masked militants is seen playing in the majority of the photographs released by ISIS.

The images carry the distinctive yellow markings of the group’s Aleppo-based propaganda wing Al-Halab Media and appear to be still images taken from an as-yet unreleased propaganda video.

They show large groups of young men sitting on the floor of a cinema in the city, while a machine projects images of ISIS murders on to a screen.

Young children stare intently at the shocking images of beheadings and immolation as they sit alongside thick-bearded men wearing military fatigues and traditional Arabic clothing.

The overall impression is of a local population not in any way shocked by the barbaric acts of terror and instead reveling in ISIS’ atrocities.   Read more »

Hooton: Andrew Little sides with terrorists

Matthew Hooton points out the obvious…that Andrew Little has sided himself and Labour with head-hacking terrorists.

As Mr Minto and his comrades argued at the time, it would not do to claim apartheid-era South Africa was a long way away, that what happened there didn’t affect us and that it would be dangerous to put oneself in harm’s way against the Red Squad.  They argued that to go to a game was to tacitly support the South African regime even if one claimed to oppose apartheid.  For those young enough, fit enough and brave enough (like Mr Minto and Murray McCully, now John Key’s foreign minister) it was seen as an important withdrawal of consent to be bloodied by Ross Meurant’s PR24s.

For his efforts, Mr Minto was labelled a “principled fanatic” by the SIS. With his background as a bland, middle-of-the-road union bureaucrat, no one will ever use that noun to describe Andrew Little. And now, after his despicable conduct over the training mission to Iraq, no one will ever use the adjective to describe him either.

Under Mr Minto’s formula, it is not enough for the Labour leader to say ISIS is evil but a long way away, nothing to do with us and too dangerous to oppose anyway.  His failure to support even the minimal contribution Mr Key has authorised – falling well short of what the Iraqi government sought – is to tacitly support religious barbarians so extreme that even Al-Qaeda has distanced itself from them.  Were he a Michael Joseph Savage, a Peter Fraser or even a Helen Clark, instead of bleating that Mr Key’s decision might put New Zealanders at risk, he would instead be attacking the prime minister’s minimalist response as cowardice.

Mr Little had a choice to stand beside Mr Key or Mohammed Emwazi, Jihadi John.  He chose the latter.

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Would pay reductions help then? Would that motivate better outcomes?

The Principals’ union boss doesn’t want principals to get more money. She says that there is no evidence to suggest that paying people more will get better results.

Principals’ Federation president Denise Torrey has criticised the Principal Recruitment Allowance scheme through which five schools have received a $50,000 boost to their principal’s salary.

Opononi School and Mangamuka School in Northland, Ngaruawahia High School in Waikato, Kimi Ora Community School in Hawkes Bay, and Aranui Community Campus in Christchurch are the first to receive the allowance to recruit principals.

Under the scheme, which is part of the government’s $359m Investing in Educational Success programme, principals will receive an additional $50,000 a year for three years and the board can apply for two further renewals of two years each.

Torrey warned that “more money in a principal’s pocket” would not help kids learn better, or make a better principal.

Principal salaries ranged from $90,000 to $160,000 depending on the roll size, she said.   Read more »

Key is squandering any remaining media goodwill

Fairfax journo Tracy Watkins is letting her wishful thinking get in the way today in a piece where she posits Key is “burning political capital” over the Hager/Fisher GCSB “revelations”.

Are the latest leaked documents important? Yes, of course.

Actually, they’re not.

They detail the vast and indiscriminate store of information gathered by the Government Communications Security Bureau, including plenty that must surely breach the spirit, if not the technicalities, of the 2013 GCSB Act.

Once the media get back to the “spirit” of news reporting instead of running the country, they might actually have a leg to stand on.

The Act spells out that it is illegal for the agency to intercept the private communications of New Zealand citizens and residents, except in specific circumstances or when it is “incidentally obtained” – which, as we now know, is likely to include while they are lying on a beach in Samoa.

There are bound to be diplomatic ripples, meanwhile, over the extent to which the GCSB reaches into the Pacific.

There are bound not to be.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock, are particularly unaware of how the real world works, or you have your own ‘outrage’ agenda, people 1) know their stuff is up for grabs, and 2) they truly don’t care.

We are told that the targets include friends and foe alike, though we are yet to see any direct evidence of  that claim – say, for instance, a transcript of a private phone call between the prime minister of Samoa and his mates.

Nonetheless, it is probably no coincidence that John Key will embark on a goodwill tour of the Pacific later this year, including a likely stop-off in Fiji.

Yeah, that’s right.  John Key wasn’t going on a Pacific trip until Hager and Fisher dusted off some Helen Clark era stolen documents to try and blow some life back into the same old issue.   And now Key needs to go around a tour to calm down his Pacific neighbours.   That has to be the reason.   Read more »

Team New Zealand AND Auckland Council? What could possibly go wrong?

Team New Zealand’s bid to host the America’s Cup qualifiers has hit a further snag, with crisis meetings held yesterday over problems with the proposed locations for the team bases.

An announcement confirming Auckland had secured the qualifying regatta in early 2017 was originally planned for yesterday but has been pushed back to next week as Team NZ try to put some distance between the fallout over Dean Barker’s axing.

In the meantime, Auckland Council bodies are struggling to agree on the waterfront locations to house the team bases after the preferred site at Westhaven Marina was found to be unsuitable within the short timeframe.

Plans to build a causeway between the end of Westhaven Drive and a seawall in two stages have encountered geotechnical and practical problems.

The first stage of building the causeway and starting repairs on the seawall is sufficient to accommodate two syndicate bases, but completing the second stage to accommodate three more syndicate bases is estimated to cost an unbudgeted $10 million to $15 million.

Team New Zealand manage to suck more money out of the tax (rate) payers after all.  On the good side, this is only for Auckland victims.  Until Steve Joyce figures out how to repackage his corporate welfare deal.   Read more »

Charter schools what do they offer?

Graphic showing how AMERICAN Charter schools intersect with public schools

Graphic showing how AMERICAN Charter schools intersect with public schools

 

Cards on the table, I have been invited to visit two Charter schools in Auckland. I suspect that I have been invited because of frustration at both Politicians and the MSM who discuss/ criticise  Charter schools but refuse to actually visit any.

I will be visiting them to find out for myself their points of difference. I have never before been to a Charter school and at present know no more about them than any average person on the street. I know that they offer an alternative to mainstream schooling and that they have more flexibility in how they deliver their education to their students. What that flexibility actually translates to is what I will be finding out.

I do not have an agenda to either make them look good or make them look bad. My task is to report back to our readership what exactly they do offer and how they are different to Mainstream. I am taking my home schooled 16 year old daughter with me to interview the primary school students. She will be asking them what she as a teenager wants to know about Charter schooling. What a teenager values in education may be different to what I as a parent, a home schooler and an ex mainstream High School teacher and tutor in Alternative education values.

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Bon Voyage Dave

I saw this the other day and only just getting to it.

My good friend Dave Chambers from Countdown has been promoted by Woolworths to head up over 900 supermarkets across Australia.

Regular readers will recall Dave copping a lot of flack on Whaleoil for heading up Countdown in New Zealand during a period that many Kiwi suppliers would say involved mafia-styled stand over tactics.

This led to a year’s investigation by the Commerce Commission into 90 odd complaints about Countdown’s buying behaviour.

Steve Donohue has been appointed acting Managing Director. Steve was Countdown’s General Manager Merchandise. His profile says:   Read more »

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Yawn. The only people who care are Fisher, Nippert and Snowden

You’re still wrong!

That’s the message from Prime Minister John Key after a former director of the GCSB said the spy agency did carry out “mass collection” of communications from the Pacific.

Sir Bruce Ferguson – who ran the GCSB from 2006 to 2010 – told National Radio today: “It’s the whole method of surveillance these days – it’s mass collection. To actually individualise that is mission impossible.”

He said New Zealanders information would be included in that but “you throw out the stuff you don’t want … and you keep the stuff you do want”.

He said the bureau acted within the law.

And that’s it really.   Governments spy.  We do it within the law.  Where’s the fire?   Read more »

Crim hugging halfwit QC defends dud judge

The other day I wrote about a dud judge buying the sob story of a vicious little thug.

Yesterday a crim-hugging halfwit QC rushed to defend the dud judge…and he thinks judges should never be criticised.

A Queen’s Counsel has defended a judge after claims she gave a “pathetic sentence” to a teenager who brutally beat a man and left him for dead in central Havelock North.

Russell Fairbrother QC said in a letter to Hawke’s Bay Today yesterday that comments by Sensible Sentencing Trust spokesman Garth McVicar about Judge Bridget Mackintosh were “wrong”.

Mr McVicar said the sentence imposed on Jacob Broderick was a “slap in the face” for the victim and that Judge Mackintosh had “given some of the most pathetic sentences this country has seen”.

Broderick, 18, was sentenced to four months’ community detention, 200 hours’ community work and nine months’ supervision in the Hastings District Court on Wednesday for his part in an unprovoked assault on a 33-year-old man in the early hours of August 3 last year.

Described as a “thug” by the victim’s sister, Broderick did not face the same fate as his co-attacker, Falcon Kaine Walsh, who was jailed for two years and six months by Judge Tony Adeane.

Hard evidence uncovered that Dotcom and witnesses lied at trial

I know they lied.  Others know they lied.  But for some odd reason the judge in the John Banks “Dotcom donation” case found the testimony of Mr and Mrs Banks dodgy.  He went as far as to say Mona Doctom was especially credible.

You have to wonder what he was on.

And now, it turns out, additional documentation to back up a serious problem with legal protocol that is behind the call for the retrial to be thrown out.

A retrial was set for July but Mr Banks’ lawyer, David Jones, QC, is now seeking to have the charge dismissed after receiving a document which he said “contradicts all the evidence given at trial” by the Dotcom witnesses and makes the Crown case “untenable”.

Last week, he received fresh material from the Crown about the contentious lunch at the Dotcom mansion which has been released to the Weekend Herald by the High Court.

The memorandum was written by lawyer Rowan Butler who was instructed by crown prosecutor Paul Dacre, QC, to interview Kim Dotcom about the affidavits filed by the two American businessmen before the Court of Appeal hearing.

The pair said they arrived in New Zealand on June 5, 2010 and were taken to Dotcom’s Coatesville mansion, where they had lunch with Mr and Mrs Banks and Dotcom and his wife Mona. Nothing about electoral donations was discussed, according to their affidavits.

The court was in possession of this at the time of the trial.   It is consistent with the Banks’ testimony, and it is consistent with what we’ve learned from the appeal that quashed the conviction and order a retrial.   Read more »