Northland by-election

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Prime Minister John Key is confident National will hold on to the Northland seat in the by-election triggered by Mike Sabin’s resignation.

Mr Sabin, 46, announced … he was quitting Parliament.

The former policeman said he had decided to resign “due to personal issues that were best dealt with outside Parliament”.

Mr Key is taking advice about when a by-election could be held, but he’s not concerned about it.

March 28.   Mark it down.   Read more »

BG2: Week 3

Just a quick update today:

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Peronally I’ve had a bit of a stressful few days, and I’ve slowly slipped back at about .2 kg per day.  It is somewhat amazing to see how easy it goes back on when it takes quite some effort to take it off.  The dream I had to hand the “largest BMI” crown to someone else is going to have to wait for another week.   Read more »

Mental Health Break

If Sex isn’t dirty you are doing it wrong, or: how to spring clean your Vajizzle

Being an Actor requires a certain skill set just like any other profession. The ability to speak in public however does not necessarily equal the ability to make sensible and logical statements about politics or health. When I talk about Politics I am thinking about actors like Ben Affleck

Beardy weirdy Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck

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Map of the Day

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Coffee cold? It’s better that way

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It might take some getting used to, especially on a frosty winter morning.

But drinking our coffee cold could be a tastier and healthier way to get our caffeine fix, enthusiasts say.

Fifty years after the Toddy system made it popular in the 1960s, cold-brew coffee is enjoying a resurgence.

Distinct from iced coffee – which is made with a shot of hot espresso poured over ice, often with extra flavourings – cold-brew is made without any heat at all.

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Cat killer Morgan wants to run the Green Party

Gareth is all excited at the departure of Russel Norman.  Can he finally have a Green Party made in his own image?

Millionaire philanthropist and political commentator Gareth Morgan says Russel Norman’s resignation as co-leader gives an opportunity for the Green Party to reposition itself as a genuinely environmental movement.

Dr Morgan said he had spoken to Dr Norman several times about what he calls the misuse of the Green Party’s environmental reputation as a front to push a left wing agenda.

Dr Morgan engaged in public debates about this issue, saying the Green Party’s reputation as an environmental guardian was a kind of “Trojan Horse for far left policies”.

Dr Morgan said Dr Norman’s departure created an opportunity for this to change, but he thinks it might be difficult because of what he calls the party’s other co-leader Metria Turei’s “very left wing views”.

I rarely agree with cat-killer-Morgan, except when he wants to kill cats and when he wants to destroy the Green Taliban.   Read more »

The bully pulpit is destroying liberalism and freedom of speech

Jonathan Chait explains why political correctness and the bully pulpit of demanding silence from those whose ideas you oppose is creating a reign of terror on freedom of speech, and the worst offenders are those who should know better.

The p.c. style of politics has one serious, possibly fatal drawback: It is exhausting. Claims of victimhood that are useful within the left-wing subculture may alienate much of America. The movement’s dour puritanism can move people to outrage, but it may prove ill suited to the hopeful mood required of mass politics. Nor does it bode well for the movement’s longevity that many of its allies are worn out. “It seems to me now that the public face of social liberalism has ceased to seem positive, joyful, human, and freeing,” confessed the progressive writer Freddie deBoer. “There are so many ways to step on a land mine now, so many terms that have become forbidden, so many attitudes that will get you cast out if you even appear to hold them. I’m far from alone in feeling that it’s typically not worth it to engage, given the risks.” Goldberg wrote recently about people “who feel emotionally savaged by their involvement in [online feminism] — not because of sexist trolls, but because of the slashing righteousness of other feminists.” Former Feministing editor Samhita Mukhopadhyay told her, “Everyone is so scared to speak right now.”

That the new political correctness has bludgeoned even many of its own supporters into despondent silence is a triumph, but one of limited use. Politics in a democracy is still based on getting people to agree with you, not making them afraid to disagree. The historical record of political movements that sought to expand freedom for the oppressed by eliminating it for their enemies is dismal. The historical record of American liberalism, which has extended social freedoms to blacks, Jews, gays, and women, is glorious. And that glory rests in its confidence in the ultimate power of reason, not coercion, to triumph.

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Photo Of The Day

Photo: Michael Terlep

Photo: Michael Terlep

Marshall Islands Castaway

Jose Alvarenga Sued for $1 Million

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#Je suis Charlie

#I am Charlie

Truth can hurt but Truth must not be silenced.

My collections of images under the # I am Charlie headline will upset some people. They include graphic photos of actual events, political cartoons and Internet memes / posters. They all have one thing in common. They are an attempt to influence your thinking about Islam. Yes you can call them propaganda or offensive. Propaganda can be about telling lies or putting a slant on the truth or just be provocative in order to get you to think about an issue. You decide what these are, individual image by individual image. That is what is wonderful about living in a free, democratic society here in New Zealand. We can do that without fear of violent reprisals ( at least for now )

 

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