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Face of the day

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Dorothy Lee Barnett,

A former North Shore woman charged with kidnapping her daughter has been extradited to America.

She is face of the day because after reading the article I realised one thing. I am sexist. Because she was the mother of the baby I immediately assumed she must have had a good reason to do what she did but in fact no such evidence was mentioned in the article. I then asked myself how would I have reacted if it was the Father who had done it? I realised that I would have been furious that he denied the Mother the right to be in her daughter’s life for 20 years. Not only that but she would have had 20 years of heart ache not knowing where her daughter was or if she was safe. I then realised what a horrendous thing it was.

I also have seen the horrible things parents have done to each other after a break up. I have seen them use their children to hurt the other parent. What if this was the ultimate punishment that Dorothy doled out to her husband, the pain of never being a part of his daughters life?

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Kansas prepares for the zombie apocalypse

What’s the matter with Kansas?

We should see if the Greens will run a zombie apocalypse preparedness month.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback wants his state to be ready when zombies arrive.

And to make sure Kansas takes the zombie apocalypse seriously, Brownback plans to officially declare October “Zombie Preparedness Month” during a ceremonial event Friday at the Kansas Statehouse.

Zombie Preparedness Month, however, is not actually about planning a defense for viral reincarnate flesh eaters.

Instead, Brownback’s administration wants to capitalize on pop culture’s zombie obsession to raise awareness about disaster planning and response. Read more »

What is life like under the boot of ISIS?

VICE reports:

Earlier this week, a video aired on French television showed scenes of daily life in Raqqa, Syria, the de-facto capital of the Islamic State.

Filmed in secret and at a huge risk by a Syrian woman who hid a camera behind her niqab, the footage shows armed men patrolling the city, a woman carrying an AK-47 into a playground, and an internet café where foreign women who traveled to the caliphate phone their relatives back in France, saying they love it there.

The video, like VICE News’¬†The Islamic State before it, once again brought the attention of the world to Raqqa, a city where life under the Islamic State is as inscrutable to outsiders as it is terrifying ‚ÄĒ a reminder of the caliphate’s brutality as much as of its bureaucratic efficiency.

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When in Rome, do as the Romans do

The Indonesian province of Aceh has approved a law that can punish anyone caught having gay sex with 100 lashes, a lawmaker says.

After a three-decade-old separatist movement, a peace agreement signed in 2005 granted special autonomy to Aceh, at the northern tip of Sumatra, on condition that it remained part of the sprawling archipelago.

As part of that deal, Aceh won the right to be the only Indonesian province to use Islamic sharia law as its legal code. Anybody caught engaging in consensual gay sex will be punished with 100 lashes, 100 months in jail or a fine of 1000 grammes of gold, the law stated.

I didn’t realise Sharia law was so¬†metric. Read more »

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The hype of the scientists, caught out again

One of the refrains from warmists is that the science is settled, no more arguments can be countenanced, the earth is warming and the scientists almost all agree.

It is of course a fallacy that the scientists agree and the 97% figure claimed has been thoroughly debunked.

There was a time  when scientists presented evidence and other scientists examined the work and either supported the hypothesis or destroyed it. These days they seem more intent on developing consensus rather than proof.

We have seen this before too, remember the Ozone calamity?

Well apparently that was as over hyped by the scientists as the current climate scare….and so too is the “fix” to the ozone layer.

Matt Ridley writes:

My recent Times column argued that the alleged healing of the ozone layer is exaggerated, but so was the impact of the ozone hole over Antarctica:

The ozone layer is healing. Or so said the news last week. Thanks to a treaty signed in Montreal in 1989 to get rid of refrigerant chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), the planet’s stratospheric sunscreen has at last begun thickening again. Planetary disaster has been averted by politics.

For reasons I will explain, this news deserves to be taken with a large pinch of salt. You do not have to dig far to find evidence that the ozone hole was never nearly as dangerous as some people said, that it is not necessarily healing yet and that it might not have been caused mainly by CFCs anyway.

The timing of the announcement was plainly political: it came on the 25th anniversary of the treaty, and just before a big United Nations climate conference in New York, the aim of which is to push for a climate treaty modelled on the ozone one.

Here‚Äôs what was actually announced last week, in the words of a Nasa scientist, Paul Newman: ‚ÄúFrom 2000 to 2013, ozone levels climbed 4 per cent in the key mid-northern latitudes.‚ÄĚ That‚Äôs a pretty small change and it is in the wrong place. The ozone thinning that worried everybody in the 1980s was over Antarctica.

Over northern latitudes, ozone concentration has been falling by about 4 per cent each March before recovering. Over Antarctica, since 1980, the ozone concentration has fallen by  40 or 50 per cent each September before the sun rebuilds it.

So what‚Äôs happening to the Antarctic ozone hole? Thanks to a diligent blogger named Anthony Watts, I came across a press release also from Nasa about nine months ago, which said: ‚Äú Two new studies show that signs of recovery are not yet present, and that temperature and winds are still driving any annual changes in ozone hole size.‚ÄĚ ¬†¬† Read more »

We’re not dying, we just want to die – Old couple

I wonder if the Death with Dignity bill will re-emerge this term. ¬†It was shelved as Labour didn’t want it to become a political football during the election. ¬†(Little chance of that, as they were running the Dirty Politics campaign hard out).

This story from Europe takes it all to extremes that defeat the purpose of death with dignity:  for people that have negligible quality of life, and prolonging life is akin to prolonging suffering.

An elderly husband and wife have announced their plans to die in the world’s first ‘couple’ euthanasia – despite neither of them being terminally ill.

Instead the pair fear loneliness if the other one dies first from natural causes.

Identified only by their first names, Francis, 89, and Anne, 86, they have the support of their three adult children who say they would be unable to care for either parent if they became widowed.

I don’t see loneliness as a reason to check out. ¬†At that point, that could be a justification at any age. ¬†Neither is the fact your kids can’t be arsed to feed you and give you a bed. ¬† Read more »

Standing up to ISIS, Muslim scholars make a stand

Muslim scholars have challenged the rantings of ISIS, probably marking them for execution should ISIS gain more control.

Nonetheless at last some Islamic moderates are speaking out.

VICE reports:

More than a hundred Muslim scholars and leaders from around the world released an open letter addressed to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi¬†on Wednesday, telling the self-proclaimed caliph, in no uncertain terms, that the group’s use of Islamic scripture is illegitimate and perverse.

The document, which was issued in Arabic and English on the website Letter to Baghdadi and is embedded below, begins with a list of practices employed by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) that its authors say are explicitly forbidden by Islam. They include torture, slavery, forced conversions, the denial of rights for women and children, and the killing of innocents.

The letter emphasizes that Baghdadi’s claims to a caliphate spanning eastern Syria and western Iraq are void. ¬† Read more »

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Anyone still keen to disband the GCSB?

With the globe gearing up to yet another middle eastern conflict pushing thoughts towards a WWIII scenario, it seems rather inconveniently timed for parties and individuals that want New Zealand to stop playing its part in global and domestic security.

The Prime Minister says he is seriously concerned about New Zealanders joining the terrorist group Islamic State.

John Key told Newstalk ZB’s Leighton Smith the Government was aware of a small group of Kiwis who may pose a threat.

I suspect that those are the sort of people that the government gets a search warrant organised for, and then puts them under surveillance.   As if it needs saying Рto protect the rest of us.

“They are brutal, they are highly sophisticated, they’re well organised and they’re spreading out.

“We are not immune, so we know there are foreign fighters fighting overseas and we know and can identify at least a reasonably sized that group that want to leave and join that cause,” he said.

Mr Key has said in the past that the Government had concerns about New Zealanders returning home after fighting with foreign rebel groups as they could be a terrorist threat.

Mr Wrongly Wrongson (Aka Martyn Martin Bradbury) and his technology sugardaddy Kim Dotcom wanted to get rid of the GCSB. ¬†The Green Party moaned and moaned over a “New Zealander” indiscriminately killed while accidentally walking under a US drone minding his own business.

These people either directly want to run this country, or they want to be part of making the rules that we live by.  Even though National won fairly comfortably, we were only a few percentage points, a sunny day and an absent Kim Dotcom away from having these people in charge.

I hate to think what a Labour/Green government would do when faced with ISIS threats on home soil.

 

– Newstalk ZB via NZ Herald

Which Labour politician would think this is bad?

Which Labour politician would think this is bad?

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If not a Labour politician then certainly a Green would want to ban this for sure.

This bloke sounds as if he probably drives a ute gayer than Fossy’s.

Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) has come out against keg stands, after his opponent in the Senate race, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D), was photographed helping with one on Saturday.

“It’s not something to celebrate,” Cassidy said Wednesday of the beer-drinking maneuver,according¬†to The Associated Press. Read more »

What to do about the teacher unions?

The teacher unions are kicking up a fuss, just days after the election, claiming John key doesn’t have a mandate.

What can be done about these dinosaurs?

Well we could follow what is happening in California. Where the teacher unions are being forced with the removal of their right to deduct union dues from the payroll.

The worst union in America is contemplating its worst nightmare‚ÄĒa time when state law no longer compels California‚Äôs teachers to pay it for the privilege of working at a public school. According to a 23-page PowerPoint¬†presentation unearthed by union watchdog Mike Antonucci, California Teachers Association officials are taking seriously the idea that a raft of pending litigation could put an end to mandatory union dues in the Golden State, and they‚Äôre exhorting local union leaders to rise to the challenge. The presentation‚Äôs title is fitting: ‚ÄúNot if, but when: Living in a world without Fair Share.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúFair share‚ÄĚ in this context refers to the union‚Äôs current legal right to collect dues from every public school teacher in the state, whether they join the union or don‚Äôt. But a world without compulsory dues isn‚Äôt hard to imagine‚ÄĒit‚Äôs already the reality in 24 right-to-work states, including Florida, Indiana, and Michigan, home to the still-powerful Michigan Education Association. The CTA presentation offers a candid assessment of emerging legal ‚Äúattacks‚ÄĚ in the wake of Harris v. Quinn, in which the Supreme Court this year ruled that the First Amendment forbids the state of Illinois to force part-time home health-care workers to pay collective-bargaining fees. The high court is likely to take up Friedrichs v. CTA, a much wider-ranging lawsuit now pending before the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals alleging that compulsory dues to public-employee unions are flatly unconstitutional.

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