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Key signals SAS involvement in ISIS theatre

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Hand up who didn’t see this coming?   Patrick Gower reports

 

Prime Minister John Key says Kiwi troops going into Iraq as trainers is a real possibility. It would follow Australia’s lead, which is sending its SAS as advisors.

Any day now Australia’s SAS will be back in Iraq to help the fight against Islamic State militants after Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop flew into Baghdad to get final sign-off on their role “to advise and assist the Iraqi government in building up the capacity of the Iraqi Security Forces”.

“Training is definitely an option,” says Mr Key.

“Training”.

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Court of Appeal turns down Dotcom: still needs to reveal all assets

I'm coming to steal your democracy

Kim, at his old place, during happier times

In its written decision released today, the Court upheld a High Court decision that Mr Dotcom must file an affidavit spelling out the nature, extent and value of all his assets.

Mr Dotcom’s lawyer Tracey Walker said the High Court rules did not allow the Hollywood studios to go on a ”fishing expedition” relating to Kim Dotcom’s assets.

Poor Tracey isn’t adding to her CV.  Kind of got on the job as Dotcom’s star was no longer on the rise. Read more »

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Socialist paradise has highest poverty rates

Everywhere around the world where socialists are in control there is increasing not decreasing poverty.

The basic tenet of socialism is that everyone gets to be miserable equally.

Even in wealthy countries the lure of socialism soon turns to disaster.

The State of California, formerly the most powerful economic force in the United States outperforming the economies of all but a very few countries in the world, is now the nation’s leader in a category that the formerly conservative, but now overwhelmingly progressively liberal and Democrat Party-controlled state, has to find embarrassing.

According to a new U.S. Census Bureau report, California, which has been losing jobs to lower taxed, less state regulated states, now sports the nation’s highest rate of poverty, with almost one quarter (23.4%) of its residents living in poverty.

A depressing 8.9 million of the progressive controlled Golden State’s 38 million population are living in poverty in the once prosperous formerly conservative-run state.

Democrat-controlled Washington, D.C. came in at 22.4%

A similar study by the Public Policy Institute of California affirmed the state’s poverty rate at 22%, with some of the highest rates being in the “progressive” San Francisco area.

Los Angeles, which has been hijacked by the far left, had the highest poverty rate in the state at 26.9%.

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Key safe with public over NZ’s military involvement dealing to ISIS

Just noticed this on Stuff

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It appears the public at large have various levels of squeamishness when it comes to our involvement in any action against ISIS, but 76.8% of the respondents recognise that sitting on our hands and pretending it is someone else’s problem isn’t the right thing to do.   Read more »

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In times of trouble you find out who your real friends are, often they are the ‘enemy’

I can relate to this:

Barry Cohen is a lovely man and as a Hawke Government Minister summed up the best of Labor – compassionate but practical, romantic but no dreamer, improver not revolutionary. Add, of course, he’s a man with great faith in Western civllisation.

He today writes that he has dementia and has had had to move into a nursing home:

When word got out that I had joined the list of dementia sufferers one of the first calls I had was from an old “friend”.

“A Mr Howard calling,” was the message from the nurse.

“I don’t know a Mr Howard, unless it’s the former prime minister.”

“That’s the one,” said the nurse.

I was deeply moved that a lifelong opponent had taken the trouble to ring to find out how I was and whether he could do anything to help. After a lengthy conversation, I told him, “This is what makes Australia a great country.”

Great men and women help make a great country. You’ve just heard about two of them.

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Why self-driving cars and not rail is the solution

The Atlantic has been investigating California’s highly expensive and likely to be a white elephant project, the High Speed Rail solution.

As part of their investigation they have looked at the promise of self-driving cars…which in a direct comparison shows precisely why train-spotting projects like Len Brown’s rail loop and California’s HSP solution are nothing but boondoggles costing rate and taxpayers billions.

First, self-driving cars. I turn the floor over to a reader in California whose identity and background I know. He works in the advanced-research parts of the info-tech industry and did his bachelor’s and doctoral training at Caltech and MIT. He says:

Your series on High Speed Rail is under-emphasizing an important aspect of the big picture.

Should we invest in infrastructure? Absolutely!  But the right kind of infrastructure.

The technology and accompanying infrastructure creating the greatest impact today and over the past 30 years has been not just big scale physical stuff, but the brains coordinating and controlling physical stuff—specifically, computing and communication.    Read more »

Another example of the Religion of Peace and its lack of tolerance

Asia Bibi did nothing more than drink some water from a well, the problem for her was that she was a christian and the muslim women objected because she had now tainted the water…and then the problems really started, Asia Bibi told them that she thought that Mohammed wouldn’t agree with them. She is now in jail in Pakistan awaiting execution after being sentenced to death for blasphemy, and Pakistan’s High Court has upheld the sentence.

The religion of peace and tolerance? Yeah, nah.

A high court in Pakistan on Thursday upheld the death sentence for Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five who in 2010 became the first Pakistani woman to be sentenced to death for “blasphemy,” after Muslim fellow laborers accused her of insulting Mohammed.

After the high court in the Punjab provincial capital Lahore dismissed Asia’s appeal, an organization that campaigns against Pakistan’s notorious laws accused the panel’s two judges of being swayed by about 25 Islamic clerics who it said were present in the courtroom “to apply pressure.”

The accusation was made by the Center for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS), an organization with branches in Pakistan and Britain that provides legal assistance to Christians accused under the blasphemy laws.

“I am very disappointed with today’s result and my thoughts and prayers are with Asia’s family,” said CLAAS-UK director Nasir Saeed. Read more »

McCullum vs Cairns: Only one can be right

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What are the odds of both Brendan McCullum and Chris Cairns speaking the truth and both stories work in together flawlessly?    Read more »

Face of the day

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“You are never free” – Nicolas Henin shared a cell with all four men beheaded by Isis. Photo / ITV / Screengrab

Imagine being held hostage and never knowing if the next day will be your last. Imagine forming close friendships with the other hostages and watching them one by one taken away to be murdered. Nicolas Henin experienced all that and I understand why he feels that he isn’t free of the horrors of his captivity even though he was released. Psychologically the stress would be unimaginable. There may be survivors guilt. He may ask himself why was I spared and my friends were not? He still has to watch on T.V and in the news the new brutal murders as they happen. I truly feel for him and hope that this experience will not destroy him but will make him determined to ensure that the Media report the reality of his experience.

A freed Islamic State (Isis) hostage has revealed how he shared a cell with all four men beheaded by the militants in sickening filmed murders.

French journalist Nicholas Henin was captured by jihadists in Syria last year and spent nine months in cramped cells alongside other Westerners – including James Foley, Steven Sotloff, David Haines and Alan Henning.

Other cellmates included John Cantlie and Peter Kassig – both of whom the militants have since paraded and threatened with murder in chilling propaganda videos.

Despite being released in April, Mr Henin said he still doesn’t feel free of the horrors of his time in captivity – and the murders of his former cellmates brought back “brutal” memories.

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