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Paul Keating comes good

Known as the Lizard of Oz, Paul Keating isn’t that popular but he has come good by suggesting that the Federal government take an axe to the budget rather than look at raising taxes.

It should be possible to strip $90 billion out of the federal budget — a cut of 20 per cent — Paul Keating claims, based on his achievement as treasurer through the late 1980s.

The former prime minister said yesterday that the burning issue should not be taxes but rather how to adjust the budget to the reality that the income the world was paying us had fallen, and this was cutting both personal and company taxes.

“All these things are pushing down on commonwealth revenue and, when it has been so affected, the penny ought to drop that we ought to be cutting spending,” he said, noting that Scott Morrison was correct to highlight this.    Read more »

Zika turning into a bit of a debacle – you can’t even kiss now

The Zika virus is sounding pretty nasty, and now kissing is off the agenda.

Scientists identified the Zika virus in the saliva and urine of two infected patients, a top Brazilian biomedical research institution said on Friday, prompting its president to urge pregnant women not to kiss strangers just as local carnival celebrations begin.

The discovery added to the rising concern over Zika, which is spreading rapidly in the Americans and has been linked to thousands of severe birth defects in Brazil.

They said they used genetic testing to identify the virus in saliva and urine samples from two patients who had symptoms caused by Zika infection, and determined that the virus was active, meaning it had the potential to cause infection, scientists at the public Oswaldo Cruz Foundation said.

They said more research was needed to determine whether Zika could be transmitted by either fluid.   Read more »

Taiwan in pictures

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Our courts would be overwhelmed

Imagine if we had such a law here…the ferals would junk up the courts forever with claims of slovenly housewives.

An Italian woman could face up to six years in jail after her husband accused her of not doing enough cooking and cleaning at home.

Her husband made a formal complaint to the paramilitary Carabinieri police, saying that his wife was slovenly, failed to put meals on the table and left their home in a dreadful mess.

Rather than dismissing the case as a domestic dispute, the police referred it to judicial authorities.

They decided to send the matter to trial, with the 42-year-old wife facing between two and six years in prison if found guilty of the charge of “mistreatment within the family”.

The crime, article 572 in the Italian penal code, “punishes whoever mistreats a person in their family or a person entrusted to them for reasons of education, care or custody”.

The woman’s husband, 47, accused her of “bad management of domestic affairs”, in a case that reinforces a cliched image of the harassed Italian housewife cooking and caring for small children while her husband puts his feet up with a newspaper.    Read more »

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UK continues to cut Kiwi ties

I guess it is a blessing in disguise as the UK slides ever closer to domination by foreigners, but they just reduced health care benefits for Kiwis in the UK.

Prime Minister John Key has hit out at new legislation meaning New Zealanders will have to pay over $320 for health and dental care in the United Kingdom.

A reciprocal deal had been in place between New Zealand and the UK since 1982, allowing citizens travelling between the countries access to free health and dental care. However, that 34-year arrangement has now been chopped as part of a clamp-down on so-called “health tourism” — going overseas to get medical treatment.

The British government’s Home Office announced the end the programme from April 6 and today Key reacted saying the news is “really disappointing” and “pretty cheap”.   Read more »

Hard proof some “refugees” are invading terrorists

A handout picture provided by the German police shows a 34-year-old Algerian man posing next to firearms and ammunition in an undisclosed location

A handout picture provided by the German police shows a 34-year-old Algerian man posing next to firearms and ammunition in an undisclosed location

I hate having to say I told you so, but…

This is the extraordinary image recovered by German police from an Algerian Islamic State terrorist who was posing as a Syrian refugee.

The 34-year-old man, arrested at a refugee shelter in the town Attendorn on Thursday, poses with a handgun alongside a huge cache of weapons and ammunition at an undisclosed location.

The suspect, who police believe received military training in Syria, crouches in front of grenades, machine guns, gun cartridges and a tactical helmet and military-style webbing and a backpack.

He is wearing a headband with Arabic writing similar to those widely worn by IS militants and combat fatigues.

The man, whose identity has not been given by police, reportedly arrived in Germany with his family at the end of 2015.

Police said he had applied for asylum with his family, claiming to be a Syrian fleeing the country’s civil war.

In fact, they believe he was part of a terror cell aiming to massacre civilians.   Read more »

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Good news, Brexit looks more likely

The Poms have had enough of Europe.

A new poll has suggested more Britons favour leaving the EU over staying in, with 45% supporting “Brexit” compared with 36% against, while a fifth remain undecided.

The YouGov poll for the Times was carried out in the two days after publication of an outline deal that David Cameron negotiated which could change the UK’s relationship with Brussels while keeping it within the European Union.   Read more »

Face of the day

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Today’s face of the day has earned his parents $50 million. Did Oliver buy a winning lotto ticket  for his parents? Was Oliver sold for $50 million to a rich couple desperate to be parents? The truth is stranger than both these scenarios.

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Introducing the new multicultural toilet

What do you do when toilet training fails? When my children were slow to learn, I put them in pull ups, which are a wonderful in-between option between big boy pants and disposable nappies.

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If I hadn’t trained them they would have gone on the floor, the grass outside or in their beds at night. Toilet training is a pretty standard part of our Western culture. The design of our toilets has always been pretty standard too. Apart from the occasional building that has a bidet, we westerners have stuck with a simple and comfortable flush toilet like this one.

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Western countries up until now have never thought to change their toilets to suit the different customs of people from other countries. Instead, people from other countries have been expected to learn how to use our western toilets and up until now they all have. This has changed in Germany where they have been forced to design a multicultural toilet, not because they are wanting to be tolerant, but because toilet cleaners are refusing to clean toilets used by the refugees who appear incapable of following even simple pictorial instructions. Are they really that stupid or are they refusing to conform to western standards?

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Why left-wing critics of Islam are ostracised by Labour in Britain

Robbie Travers. (Photo: © Robbie Travers)

Robbie Travers. (Photo: © Robbie Travers) Travers is a left-wing student of law at Edinburgh University. He is the Executive Director at Agora, a non-partisan think tank for young people and he is also involved with the Human Security Centre, a non-profit foreign policy think tank based in London.

I was challenged the other day on the blog, by a commenter who was critical of an article  where I criticised the Left for their silence on Islam. I hope this article will contribute to the discussion, as it shows why people like myself have gained that impression of the Left. It turns out that there actually are some on the Left who would combat Islamism but they are prevented from engaging in an honest dialogue because of the following problems within the Labour/Left-wing movement:

  1. Many share the racism of low expectations.
  2. Many feel that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
  3. Many support movements and ideology without understanding their beliefs or considering the consequences.
  4. Many feel self-loathing and “white guilt”.
  5. Many share a determined belief that an Islamist is just like them and isn’t actually motivated by the Koran.
  6. The Labour Party has lost its way and no longer represents the needs and views of the working classes it purports to represent.

It seems to me that the left wing here in New Zealand have a lot in common with the left wing in Britain. Perhaps we need a non-partisan think tank here in New Zealand, where conservative activists like myself can work with left-wing activists. Together we could promote a common cause and engage in an honest dialogue about the incompatibility of Islam with the values of our progressive, democratic society.

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