When Charters help it’s “Freebies” …

…but when a State schools does it Child Poverty Action Group has them “removing financial barriers to education”.

South Auckland Middle School and the about to be opened Middle School West Auckland have been criticised by the Left and teacher unions for:

- providing free uniform.

- providing free stationery.

- charging no donations.

They manage to do this after receiving 1/20 of a State school set-up fund and operating on decile 3 funding.    Read more »

Mental Health Break

Now here is an award I’d like to win

I can’t believe that I’m not in the running for this award.

Now don’t laugh this is deadly (in an Islamic way) serious.

The Islamic Human Right Commission…snort…snigger…Islamic Human Rights Commission…bwahahaha…is holding a gala dinner and awards night.

Islamic Human Rights Commission have announced the nominees for the Islamophobia Awards 2015. Centred around a gala dinner, the event aims to subvert Islamophobia through comedy and revue while simultaneously addressing a serious and significant issue in a creative manner.

This year the awards have been split into four separate categories: UK, International, News Media and Film/Book/TV Series. Nominees were submitted by the general public who had the chance to write in whomever they felt had displayed prominent cases of Islamophobia. The ‘UK’ category sees the likes of David Cameron, Michael Gove and Theresa May as well as the UK government as a whole. Likely contributing factors for each nomination include Gove’s handling of Operation Trojan Horse and May’s enhanced counter-terrorism measures.

The ‘International’ category is not limited in terms of scope; seeing nominees from the USA, France, Germany and Australia. From high-ranking figures such as Angela Merkel to Mayor Marcel Mortreau in France who decided that Muslim pupils at a local school would not be given an alternative meal to pork. ‘News Media’ features both individuals and institutions: FOX News and The Sun received nominations as did columnist Katie Hopkins who famously referred to Palestinians as ‘filthy rodents burrowing beneath Israel.’ A host of films received nominations with popular television series Homeland and Citizen Khan also obtaining honours.

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Map of the Day

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Camouflages of the World 


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The delusions of John Minto

The next big thing that Hone Harawira and John Minto has got going is Mana News.

And they are straight into bizarre conspiracy theories…and likely a few defamation suits.

Eleanor Catton has managed to reveal the mechanism of the National party media dictatorship this could be extremely dangerous for the survival of our democracy. According to Sean Plunkett you are not permitted to criticise the National government its unpatriotic and against the people of New Zealand.  Too many reporters within journalism have intimate relationships with the national party that are a conflict of interest designed to mislead the New Zealand public. These reporters are holding back real journalists like Andrea Vance. It is unnatural for the press gallery to be uncritical of a seven year old government. The Prime minister office is pouring to many resources into dirty politics and controling the media and little effort to tackle the housing crisis or poverty reduction.

The conspiracy would be more believable if they could spell Sean Plunket’s name properly. I’m surprised that they haven’t substituted every ‘s’ for a ‘$’.

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Andrew Sullivan decides to quit blogging

One of my big influencers in blogging has decided to quit after 15 years.

One of the things I’ve always tried to do at the Dish is to be up-front with readers. This sometimes means grotesque over-sharing; sometimes it means I write imprudent arguments I have to withdraw; sometimes it just means a monthly update on our revenues and subscriptions; and sometimes I stumble onto something actually interesting. But when you write every day for readers for years and years, as I’ve done, there’s not much left to hide. And that’s why, before our annual auto-renewals, I want to let you know I’ve decided to stop blogging in the near future.

Why? Two reasons. The first is one I hope anyone can understand: although it has been the most rewarding experience in my writing career, I’ve now been blogging daily for fifteen years straight (well kinda straight). That’s long enough to do any single job. In some ways, it’s as simple as that. There comes a time when you have to move on to new things, shake your world up, or recognize before you crash that burn-out does happen.

The second is that I am saturated in digital life and I want to return to the actual world again. I’m a human being before I am a writer; and a writer before I am a blogger, and although it’s been a joy and a privilege to have helped pioneer a genuinely new form of writing, I yearn for other, older forms. I want to read again, slowly, carefully. I want to absorb a difficult book and walk around in my own thoughts with it for a while. I want to have an idea and let it slowly take shape, rather than be instantly blogged. I want to write long essays that can answer more deeply and subtly the many questions that the Dish years have presented to me. I want to write a book.

I want to spend some real time with my parents, while I still have them, with my husband, who is too often a ‘blog-widow’, my sister and brother, my niece and nephews, and rekindle the friendships that I have simply had to let wither because I’m always tied to the blog. And I want to stay healthy. I’ve had increasing health challenges these past few years. They’re not HIV-related; my doctor tells me they’re simply a result of fifteen years of daily, hourly, always-on-deadline stress. These past few weeks were particularly rough – and finally forced me to get real.

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Good riddance to bad rubbish, Sabin resigns

Mike Sabin has resigned before Prime Minister John Key was going to have to do the inevitable.

His position was untenable and if the likely charges are what I expect them to be it was never a survivable situation.

The stupidity of the whole situation was that the National party has known about this since before Christmas and people who should know better ignored the warnings and let the situation fester.

At least he is now gone.

Northland MP Mike Sabin has announced he has resigned as a member of Parliament, effective immediately.

There have been reports Mr Sabin was being investigated by police over assault-related allegations, although neither Mr Sabin, the police nor Prime Minister John Key would confirm that. Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: Associated Press

Photo: Associated Press

Space Shuttle Challenger

Exploded 29 Years Ago 

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Russel Norman resigns as co-leader of the Green Taliban

A picture paints a thousand words:

A beaming Metiria Turei watches on as Russel Norman falls on his sword   Picture/ Felix Marwick, Twitter

A beaming Metiria Turei watches on as Russel Norman falls on his sword Picture/ Felix Marwick, Twitter

Russel Norman announced his resignation at 11am this morning in what Green sources tell me was really a bloodless coup.

Expect the male leadership role to now pass to Kevin Hague who has been plotting this move for some time.

Because of the way the Green constitution is worded this has been a bit of superb low bastardry from Kevin Hague.

Hague has consistently topped members votes in the Greens to retain his current number three spot and the Green constitution requires a vote from the members for leader…one Kevin Hague would have won easily after the Greens disappointing result in the general election.   Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

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