Online learning is the end of the world as we know it



Critics of online learning seem unable to keep their criticisms straight. One minute COOLS are the end of the world as we know it because all the poor, disadvantaged, struggling kids will be enrolled with them and left to fail without the help of ” real teachers” but then…

Thinking about enrolling your child in an online school? No problem if you can afford to pay for it.

While that creates inequity in the state schooling system, it’s nothing new, says the Ministry of Education.

So now the inequality is not that the poor, disadvantaged kids will be left to rot on COOLS but that the rich, privileged kids will be the only ones lucky enough to have access to them! The only thing that is actually clear about the teacher unions’ position on COOLS is that they are against them.

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Yes Kerre, but you forgot some other ratbags and spies

Kerre McIvor has a great column in the Herald on Sunday about the real spies in our midst and it isn’t the GCSB or SIS.

I find the idea of sex in a toilet unappealing, but the idea of somebody being so prurient as to record the sounds of people at it is even more unpalatable.

Anyway, after about 10 minutes, the rhythmic tapping noises stopped, Smith and his friend emerged, separately, from the loo and Smith rejoined his All Blacks teammates.

Smith has now been sent home from South Africa, where the All Blacks played early this morning, after the couple gave the recording and an account of what they saw to the media.

The husband thought it was “kinda funny” but his wife, apparently, became more and more incensed by what she’d witnessed – more specifically, heard – and decided to hold Smith to account.

She says most people wouldn’t behave in that fashion, let alone the All Blacks, who are role models for young children.   Read more »

Twitter refugees migrate to Gab after being shadow banned out of existance



Thousands of people are fleeing twitter for Gab, made refugees by the insidious shadow banning, censorship and outright banning of conservative voices and anyone critical of Islam. Twitter lost 2 million customers  alone in the last three months of 2015. I may be jumping to conclusions but last year Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud increased his shareholding to become became twitter’s second largest shareholder. Saudi Arabia is not known for supporting freedom of speech but it is known for hardline Islamic law so I am not at all surprised that the Sharia is increasingly being enforced on twitter and people wanting freedom of speech are leaving.

Well known people on Twitter are steadily moving to Gab and Trump may well be next given what twitter did to him. On October 3, 2016 thirty two of his tweets were “shadowbanned” (censored) and one tweet was deleted to prevent the general public from seeing them.

Surely the deleted tweet must have been offensive, racist, or have broken a twitter rule? Here it is so you can make up your own mind.

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Face of the day


Gab is a new social media site that has the potential to be game changer because of its commitment to freedom of speech.

Anyone who is searching for a space to communicate freely online is welcome on Gab.

We aren’t out to build an echo-chamber, but would rather welcome and embrace open, honest, and authentic discourse on the Internet.

So how is Gab different from X, Y, and Z social networks?

The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen.” — Tommy Smothers

Gab will empower users to self-censor and remove unwanted followers, words, phrases, and topics they don’t want to see in their feeds. Self-censorship is the only true form of individual liberty and free speech online in an era of corporate-sponsored, politically manipulated, and ever-changing algorithms that are driving our social feeds.
…Gab will use artificial intelligence to help surface breaking news and trending gabs, offer on-demand information resources to users through Gab chatbots, and flag NSFW content for review.
Gab will offer users the ability to reward content creators. In other words: we want to help you monetize the content you work hard to create.

…People who use Gab will have the tools they need to customize their feed experience, monetize their content, and speak freely without fear of being suspended for some arbitrary unknown reason.

The evilness of Facebook

Facebook anti-Semitism Jake Wallis Simons Dan Sanderson and Amy Marley

Facebook anti-Semitism Jake Wallis Simons Dan Sanderson and Amy Marley

You would think an organisation founded and run by someone called Zuckerberg would be more vigilant, but no, Facebook stands accused of vile anti-Semitism.

Facebook is at the centre of an anti-Semitism row after it emerged that its automatic translation software was spewing out vile, anti-Jewish diatribes.

One post written in German, which criticised neo-Nazis, was wrongly translated to produce a rant about ‘dull hollow, dirty Jews’ who were ‘a disgrace to our country’.

Another post in Hebrew, written by Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett, was twisted by the software to suggest a Holocaust victim was killed by ‘the master race’.

When MailOnline brought the error to Facebook’s attention it apologised and claimed to have solved the problem, but declined to say what had gone wrong.

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Privacy Commisioner looks into Yahoo! Hack, but my hack was no reason for concern

The Privacy Commissioner didn’t give two shits about the hack of my personal data nor of the Media Party pedalling that all over their papers and airwaves.

But they are real concerned about the hack of Yahoo!

Spark says information from 130,000 Xtra email addresses is “at risk” as a result of a massive hack on Yahoo in 2014 that only came to light last week.

Privacy commissioner John Edwards praised Spark but questioned Yahoo’s response and said the hack showed the need for a New Zealand law to force companies to own up to data breaches.

Yahoo said last week that 500 million email customers had information stolen in the attack which it believed had the backing of a foreign government.

The attack also affected Spark customers as it outsourced its Xtra email service to Yahoo in 2007.

Spark said about 15 per cent of its 825,000 Xtra email addresses were at risk.

The information stolen from Yahoo includes unencrypted questions and answers to security questions that could be used to reset account passwords.   Read more »

Andrew Sullivan on the toll of blogging

Andrew Sullivan has written a TL;DR explanation of what it was that drove him from blogging.

There is much in his article that resonates with me.

I was sitting in a large meditation hall in a converted novitiate in central Massachusetts when I reached into my pocket for my iPhone. A woman in the front of the room gamely held a basket in front of her, beaming beneficently, like a priest with a collection plate. I duly surrendered my little device, only to feel a sudden pang of panic on my way back to my seat. If it hadn’t been for everyone staring at me, I might have turned around immediately and asked for it back. But I didn’t. I knew why I’d come here.

A year before, like many addicts, I had sensed a personal crash coming. For a decade and a half, I’d been a web obsessive, publishing blog posts multiple times a day, seven days a week, and ultimately corralling a team that curated the web every 20 minutes during peak hours. Each morning began with a full immersion in the stream of internet consciousness and news, jumping from site to site, tweet to tweet, breaking news story to hottest take, scanning countless images and videos, catching up with multiple memes. Throughout the day, I’d cough up an insight or an argument or a joke about what had just occurred or what was happening right now. And at times, as events took over, I’d spend weeks manically grabbing every tiny scrap of a developing story in order to fuse them into a narrative in real time. I was in an unending dialogue with readers who were caviling, praising, booing, correcting. My brain had never been so occupied so insistently by so many different subjects and in so public a way for so long.   Read more »

Is anyone else done with Dunne?

I’m over Peter Dunne, the man is a grandstanding bouffant tosspot.

Now he is whining about snooping on MPs when there was none.

An MP who had fallen victim to Parliamentary Service’s snooping before was “shocked” by revelations it was up to its old tricks.

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne had his email conversations with then-Fairfax journalist Andrea Vance wrongly handed over to a ministerial inquiry by Parliamentary Service in 2013.

The then-head of Parliamentary Service, Geoff Thorn, resigned amid the fallout.

Dunne had already quit as a minister prior to the ministerial inquiry after refusing to hand over his emails for an investigation into the leaking of a Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) report.

Dunne said he was “shocked” and “outraged” to hear Parliamentary Service was defending its computer security that is screening and blocking MPs emails if they contain words like “sensitive” or “classified”.

The Privileges Committee made “very clear statements about the privacy of MPs communications” at the time of the ministerial inquiry into why Dunne’s emails were handed over, he said.

“They appear to have fallen on deaf ears as far as the Parliamentary Service is concerned.”

Peter Dunne wasn’t a victim, he fell for the glad eye of Andrea Vance. He let his little head do his thinking.  Read more »

Is Facebook taking your phone contacts?

There have been a few changes to Facebook’s privacy policy recently which means that you need to check these three privacy settings right now.

You may be uploading your phone contacts to Facebook without realizing it.

Take a look at contacts you may be uploading to Facebook without realizing it.

Facebook could be using contact information, including names, phone numbers, and email addresses, that’s stored in your phone to make friend recommendations to others. This can be problematic when your contacts are confidential sources or patients.

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Heaven forbid that they focus on the real danger

I must be missing something because I haven’t seen in the mainstream media any articles involving American far right extremists cutting off people’s heads, stabbing people with knives, inciting violence in other countries and raping children.  Why on earth Googles Jigsaw has decided to target the so-called American far right eludes me? Have they made them a strawman to take away attention from ISIS and Islamic terrorism?

Google’s Jigsaw will target the American far-right in the same manner it has been targeting Islamic extremists.

“We’re partnering with the Gen Next foundation in order to have a North American focused second phase of this project. Which focuses not just on jihadism but also on far-right extremism,” Ross Frennett, co-founder of Moonshot CVE, said at a Brookings Institute event Wednesday.

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