Nothing some drone load wouldn’t fix

There is a solution to the problem of drones peeping in your windows.

Tech-savvy peeping Toms are taking to the skies to peer into people’s homes using drones.

Peeping and peering incidents involving drones figure numerous times in information on drone-related incidents released by the Civil Aviation Authority under the Official Information Act.    Read more »

Guest Post: Twenty-four hours of mourning is enough!

by Frances Denz

Twenty-four hours of mourning is enough! Britain has now to face the fact that they have been given an amazing chance to change their own world. They can take the chaos and turn it into opportunity. They have done a SWOT analysis involuntarily, and identified collectively what really matters to them. They now know what they want and what they don’t want, and they can move towards their ideal purposefully. Such an exciting opportunity is rarely offered to any country. Probably the last time was after the Second World War, when the British Labour Government was elected with a clear plan of action.

Now is the time for the old beards to stop saying, “It worked before joining the EU, therefore it can work again.” No it didn’t – it was dreadful. I was in Britain during two of the serious recessions, one of which was the “winter of discontent”, and I can see no point in reliving that! Equally, the young are whinging, saying something that mattered to them was taken away. Well, find a way to keep it!

Everything is on the table. Europe will sulk for a while, and try to control the exit process out of spite.  But Britain has time to negotiate to keep what is important and get rid of what isn’t.    Read more »

17 years, 9 non-parole minimum for Moko’s death

Tania Shailer and David Haerewa

Tania Shailer and David Haerewa

Tania Shailer, 26, and David William Haerewa, 43, were jailed for 17 years, with a minimum non-parole period of nine years, in Rotorua High Court on Monday for their callous and fatal abuse of the boy in Taupo last year.

The pair were initially charged with murder, but that was downgraded and they pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Outside court, Sensible Sentencing’s legal adviser David Garrett said the high-end 17-year term for manslaughter was a “pleasant surprise”.

However, if the pair had been put on trial for murder and found guilty, they could have got life without parole or at least a minimum non-parole period of 17 years, Mr Garrett said.

“In other words, they’ve actually got off fairly lightly … the judge has done all she can, I think.”

Interestingly enough, according to the rules and practices, the judge had to give a discount for an early guilty plea. She thereby changed a life sentence without parole to 17 years with parole possible in 9. If you don’t think it is enough, that’s about as much as could be given under our current system.  Read more »

So, no apology for all the sexual abuse victims then?

They deserve an apology but will they get one?

Pope Francis says gays — and all the other people the church has marginalized, such as the poor and the exploited — deserve an apology.

Francis was asked Sunday en route home from Armenia if he agreed with one of his top advisers, German Cardinal Karl Marx, who told a conference in Dublin in the days after the deadly Orlando gay club attack that the church owes an apology to gays for having marginalized them.

Francis responded with a variation of his famous “Who am I to judge?” comment and a repetition of church teaching that gays must not be discriminated against but treated with respect.

He said some politicized behaviors of the homosexual community can be condemned for being “a bit offensive for others.” But he said: “Someone who has this condition, who has good will and is searching for God, who are we to judge?”    Read more »

Inside Britain’s Sharia courts

There are now EIGHTY-FIVE Islamic courts dispensing ‘justice’ across the UK. An investigation into what happens inside them will shock you to the core. This is why you cannot have a parallel system of justice running alongside British law. Muslim women in Britain should have the same rights as every other woman in Britain. It is a betrayal of the British belief in equality to allow them to be presided over by the clerics who run these Sharia courts. By allowing these Sharia courts to exist, the British government is allowing British Muslim women’s rights to be trampled on.

Sitting in one room, a young Muslim woman tells an elderly cleric about the parlous state of her marriage to a 50-year-old man.
‘He oppressed me to the maximum,’ she declares. ‘He is violent, physically, and treats me like a dog.’
The woman — who looks barely out of her early 20s — describes her spouse as verbally and physically abusive about ‘every little thing’ she does.

A distraught wife seeking a divorce at a Sharia Court in London holds her head in her hands as she sits with judge Suhaib Hasan 

A distraught wife seeking a divorce at a Sharia Court in London holds her head in her hands as she sits with judge Suhaib Hasan

When the husband’s around, he forces her to wear a headscarf. When he isn’t, which is often, he likes to travel to Tunisia, where she suspects he has secretly married several other women.

For all she knows, she adds, he might have accumulated as many as ten other wives. Fighting back tears, as she finishes this tale of betrayal, the woman glances to the cleric, who has a long white beard, and sits at a raised desk in front of a bookcase full of Islamic texts. Perhaps she’s hoping for a supportive smile, confirming she’s not at fault. Maybe she’s seeking reassurance that the man will hold her misogynistic, wife-beating husband to account.

Instead, the elderly cleric, whose name is Suhaib Hasan, starts laughing. ‘Why did you marry such a person?’ he chuckles.

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Why advocacy journalism is fraught with danger

In recent years journalists have taken to advocacy journalism, where they pick a side and push that agenda…hard. Perhaps the worst offender was John Campbell who, despite falling audiences who weren’t interested in his claptrap, kept on pushing his agendas. He ultimately got the push and is now trying the same thing at Radio NZ.

Sometimes it is the whole organisation. Like the NZ Herald which, in recent years, invested in Kim Dotcom, has run numerous and ineffective “campaigns” and generally pimps out stories handed to them on a plate by the Labour party. Their circulation is heading in the same direction as John Campbell’s ratings.

But when news organisations pick a side and constantly lose the arguments they also destroy their credibility and their audience who no longer trust them to be fair and balanced.

What’s super sad is that when I started counting all of the mainstream media reporters I respect I didn’t run out of fingers. Most of them are just what Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds memorably labeled “Democrats with Bylines.” And that’s literally true – something like 90% of them are, in fact, Democrats. And they act like it. So when Trump refuses to play nice with them, or I hear about another round of lay-offs, the best I can summon up, if I’m in a generous mood, is a half-hearted “Meh.”

The MSM, of course, wants to have it both ways. It wants to be hailed as an institution composed of crusading truthtellers whose integrity and willingness to speak truth to power make them the cornerstone of a free society. Except most of them are really partisan hacks who lie endlessly for the liberal politicians they suck up to. Their relationship with Democratic politicians is less speaking truth to power than sexting their masters. When it comes to covering for their progressive pals, it’s “50 Shades of Newsprint” and the MSM eagerly chomps down on its ball-gag.

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At last some transport sense: no train to airport

Great news. The proposed rail link to the airport, a dopey idea at best, is now off the table after the NZTA and AT agree it’s a dog.

A commuter rail link to Auckland Airport – which could slash travel times to the international gateway – has been dumped in favour of trams or buses.

The scrapping of the heavy rail connection is a u-turn by the New Zealand Transport Agency, which last year said it was “extremely committed to providing a rail link connecting the airport and the city”.

Auckland Transport (AT), which has favoured rail to the airport as a high priority, meets today to decide if it will endorse the agency’s position.

Road travel typically takes about an hour from the city centre to the airport. Commuter rail could cover the 20km journey in 35 minutes.

The Transport Agency’s board ruled out heavy rail after it was shown an AT report at its last meeting.    Read more »