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Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that prohibits women from driving.

Many conservative Saudi women do not support loosening traditional gender roles and restrictions, on the grounds that Saudi Arabia is the closest thing to an “ideal and pure Islamic nation,” and under threat from “imported Western values”.


I wonder if today’s face of the day thinks that Western Values are currently under threat by ‘ Pure ‘ Islam  in the UK?

Whatever her personal views I just love this true story of how she was not afraid to offend King Abdullah.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia died yesterday aged 90, and there has been some controversy over the tributes paid by world leaders to the ruler of a repressive regime that carries out public beheadings and bans women from driving.

Amid debate over whether flags should be flying at half-mast from government buildings, and Westminster Abbey, out of respect for Abdullah, it turns out, however, that our very own Queen had nailed the best way to handle the Saudi ruler many years ago.

This story, taken from former Saudi ambassador Sherard Cowper-Coles’s memoir Ever the Diplomat, was widely shared on social media on Friday; mainly because it’s amazing.

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 14:  Queen Elizabeth II is seen reflected in the wing mirror of her Land Rover as she follows The Duke of Edinburgh as he competes in the Driving Grand Prix Competition B - The Marathon event during the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Home Park, Windsor Castle on May 14, 2005 in Windsor, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

WINDSOR, ENGLAND – MAY 14: Queen Elizabeth II is seen reflected in the wing mirror of her Land Rover as she follows The Duke of Edinburgh as he competes in the Driving Grand Prix Competition B – The Marathon event during the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Home Park, Windsor Castle on May 14, 2005 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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He looks nice, where did he come in the Labour Leadership race? Last, cause nice guys always come last.

He looks nice, where did he come in the Labour Leadership race?
Last, cause nice guys always come last.

Mike Williams has chosen David Parker as the best of the bunch.

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It appears that wily old Winston Peters is partly responsible for the demise of the Labour party.

New Zealand First’s strong election result appears to have come at the expense of the Labour Party, preliminary results show.

Winston Peters’ party increased its vote more than any other on Saturday, jumping to 8.85 per cent from 6.59 per cent in 2011.  Read more »

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One of these things is not like the other

One of these things is kinda the same

– Sesame Street

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Pot Kettle black

Trevor Mallard spreads some gossip.

Bad boy Trevor Mallard has forgotten  his own past  and has pointed the finger at Education Minister Hekia Parata, claiming that she she hit a former staff member.

Is there any substance to this accusation?

Does Trevor have any facts or evidence to back up his claim such as an affidavit or a recording of the incident, complete with slapping sound effects?

Does he have a confession from Ms Parata?

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Jordan Belfort, the actual “Wolf of Wall Street” is coming to New Zealand

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The black police detective who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan has finally told his story in his own words – and has revealed that he played former Grand Wizard David Duke for a fool – convincing even him that he was white racist.
Detective Ron Stallworth rose up the ranks of the Colorado Springs, Colorado, chapter of the KKK in the 1970s – even becoming its leader – just by responding to a want ad in the local newspaper.
Mr Stallworth was able to do all this over the telephone. In the rare times he was required to make an appearance at meetings, he sent a white detective in his place.
Now, Mr Stallworth is released a book with his story, Black Klansman, where he reveals just how high the clan had risen in Colorado in the 1920s and 30s and how low it had fallen by the time he began investigating in the 1970s.

Perhaps his greatest coup was winning over Duke, the charismatic leader of the KKK, who had a national profile after running for public office – including U.S. President.
Mr Stallworth claims that he fooled even Duke into thinking he was a white man.
‘I can always tell when I’m talking to a n*****. Take you for example. I can tell that you’re a pure Aryan white man by the way you talk, the way you pronounce certain words and letters,’ Duke boasted, according to the Daily Beast.

‘N******s do not have the same intelligence as the white man to properly speak English the way it was meant to be spoken,’ he added.
Mr Stallworth says he the Klan leader never suspected he was a black man.
And he played Duke like a fiddle. He says the Louisiana native was easily flattered and so eager to impress that he shared his plans for rallies and action all over the country. Mr Stallworth passed these along to the FBI and his colleagues at police departments around the country.
When Duke visited Colorado Springs, the police chief assigned Mr Stallworth – acting as an office – to guard him.
Mr Stallworth used the opportunity to get a picture of himself with his arms around the Klan leader, according to the Daily Beast.
Mr Stallworth writes that the Klan used to rule Colorado politics in the 1920s and 30s. Klansman Ben Stapleton was mayor for many years and that the Denver International Airport was named after him until 1995. Governor Clarence Morely was a Klansman and both U.S. Senators had dealings with the Klan.
By the 1970s, though, the ranks had thinned and membership had become pathetic.
When Duke came to Colorado Springs, for instance, the leader had trouble finding 100 Klansmen with a fully set of the white robes to march alongside him. -mail online


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Joe Cornell, a recovering substance addict, knows temptation better than most (Picture: KMPH)

A man who found $125,000 (£75,000) has handed the money in – because he wanted to make his family proud.

Joe Cornell, 52, a Salvation Army worker at a shop in Fresno, California, found a bag of cash that had fallen from a security truck into the road.

The recovering drug and alcohol addict, who has less than £1 a day to spend on his lunch, revealed there was a lot of temptation to pocket the money.

‘I picked up the bag,’ he told the Fresno Bee. ‘I saw twenties and hundreds. The whole thing was full of money.

‘Everything was going through my mind – the good devil/bad devil thing.

‘But I have a grandbaby due any time, my fourth, and I thought: “What would I want her to think of me?”

‘That made my mind up right there.’

Mr Cornell’s wife burst into tears of pride on hearing the news of what her husband had done.

A spokesperson for security firm Brinks, who lost the cash, spoke of the company’s relief when Mr Cornell handed it back.

‘Mr Cornell did the right thing,’ said Ed Cunningham.

‘For that, we are grateful.’

And the happy conclusion to Mr Cornell’s good deed?

Brinks has given him $5,000 (£3,000) as a reward and has donated the same sum again to the Salvation Army, where Mr Cornell is in a rehabilitation programme. – Metro


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The firestorm sparked by Gwyneth Paltrow’s remarks comparing online hackling of celebrities to being in a war raged on Friday as a member of the U.S. Army special forces slammed the actress in a sarcastic column.
Green Beret Bryan Sikes addressed the recently separated star of Shakespeare in Love in the form of a personal letter, which appeared on the site Clash Daily run by conservative commentator and author Doug Giles.
‘I’d first like to start out by saying how terrible I feel for you and all your friends that on a daily basis have to endure mean words written by people you don’t know.

‘I can only imagine the difficulty of waking up in a 12,000 square foot Hollywood home and having your assistant retrieve your iPhone, only to see that the battery is low and someone on twitter (the social media concept that you and all of your friends contribute to on an hourly basis to feed your ego and narcissistic ways), has written a mean word or 2 about you.’
Sgt First Class Sikes continued in this derisive vain, suggesting that Paltrow, 41, should ‘receive a medal’ for enduring verbal abuse online at the hands of ‘meanies.’

Paltrow was outside Los Angeles at Re/Code’s Code Conference speaking to Silicon Valley executives Tuesday when she made the offhanded remark drawing a comparison between cyberbullied celebrities and soldiers in a war zone.

‘It’s a very dehumanizing thing. It’s almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanizing thing, and then something is defined out of it. My hope is, as we get out of it, we’ll reach the next level of conscience,’ she told the audience.
Sikes, a Purple Heart recipient, hit out at Paltrow, calling her ‘insecure and mentally weak’ for comparing his own and other service members’ devastating experiences on the battlefield to her life of comfort and leisure – an assertion he described as ‘dehumanizing.’

In 2008, Sikes was injured in Afghanistan in an IED explosion. In his letter, he talks about seeing his friends get killed and lose limbs in firefights.
‘Let me be the first to burst your bubble: a long line at Starbucks, your driver being 3 minutes late, a scuff mark on your $1200 shoes and a mean tweet do not constitute difficulty in the eyes of a soldier,’ he wrote.
Sikes, 28, of Florida, is married and has two children. He noted that unlike celebrity wives and mothers who have a team of consultants, nannies and life coaches to help them run a household, military wives have to do it on their own.
Sgt Sikes was not the only on to attack Ms Paltrow for her questionable comments.
Cindy McCain, the wife of former POW John McCain and the mother of two soldiers, called Paltrow ‘a joke’ on Twitter.
‘Her life is like taking bullets for a soldier. What a joke! My 2 sons serving in the military should talk to her,’ Cindy MCain stated.

It was a small part of what she said while sharing a stage with tech CEOs, but was more than enough to infuriate the war hero’s wife.
Arizona Senator and former presidential hopeful John McCain was was taken as a prisoner of war as the third generation naval officer served as a pilot in Vietnam in 1967.
Senator McCain’s plane was shot down by friendly fire and he would eventually spend five and a half years as an horifically abused prisoner before coming home to receive the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Hear and Distinguished Flying Cross military honors.
Cindy McCain on Wednesday offered up a helpful suggestion to the Country Strong actress and self-styled lifestyle guru.
‘Perhaps Gwyneth Paltrow should go out on patrol with some soldiers. Kind of like a Red Carpet in her mind I guess!’ she tweeted.
While the Goop founder’s appearance at the conference was a reaction to malevolent online attacks on her and her famous friends, any good it could have done has likely now been erased.
Which is nothing new for the recently single Paltrow.
A week before news of her ‘conscious uncoupling’ from husband Chris Martin broke, the 41-year-old infuriated working women across America when she said they had it easier than famous acting moms.

‘I think it’s different when you have an office job, because it’s routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening,’ she told E! ‘I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set.’
Many women were put off by the comments, but none as famously as mother Mackenzie Dawson who made headlines with her open letter to Paltrow published in the New York Post on March 27.
‘Thank God I don’t make millions filming one movie per year is what I say to myself pretty much every morning,’ is one of many zingers in Dawson letter, which no doubt helped put the normally aloof Paltrow on the defensive.
On May 8th, she responded to the anger over her working mom comments with a Goop in which she drew a different sort of parallel with armed combat.

In the post titled Ending the Mommy Wars, Paltrow wrote:
‘Why do we feel so entitled to opine, often so negatively, on the choices of other women?
As the mommy wars rage on, I am constantly perplexed and amazed by how little slack we cut each other as women,’ she wrote.
For her part, Cindy McCain used Thursday’s whirlwind of publicity around her attack on Paltrow to help publicize a good cause.
‘Happy to have joined @MikeGalanosHLN @HLNNowTV to chat about #humantrafficking and Gweneth Paltrow crazy statement,’ McCain tweeted.


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Disciples of a millionaire spiritual guru have refused to have him cremated because they say he is meditating – in a freezer. Now the wife and son of His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj, who is said to be worth £100million, have reportedly launched a court battle to retrieve his body after saying he died in January. His followers at the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (Divine Light Awakening Mission) insist he is just in a ‘deep meditative state’, and called on followers to stand by his 31-year-old sect ‘under all circumstances’.

Described as ‘an exceptional awakened being with a divine persona’ whose ‘ever-enthusiastic charisma has re-kindled a spirit of a positive aura and has directed many towards a constructive path across the globe’, the guru founded his Hindu order in 1983 and is in his seventies. There are missions in his name around the world, including the U.S., Canada, Switzerland, Germany and even a British base in a small suburban house in west London.

But according to reports, doctors declared the guru clinically dead of a heart attack on January 29 – a verdict his loyal followers refused to accept. Insisting he was in a deep spiritual state called samadhi, they placed him in a deep freezer on the outskirts of the Punjab city of Jalandhar and waited for him to wake up. Four months later, they are still waiting. In the meantime they say their leader has been grateful for the many phone calls, e-mails and even personal visits he has received.

Now the spiritual guru’s wife and son Dilip Jha, 40, have filed a court claim to obtain his body for cremation and have called on police to investigate his death, according to the Daily Telegraph. It comes after a previous court challenge to the placing of the guru in a freezer by a man claiming to be his former driver. It was alleged his followers were keeping him in the guarded freezer so they could claim a share of his vast wealth. Mission spokesman Swami Vishalanand said scores of spiritual leaders throughout history had survived after months of samadhi in the Himalayas, which have freezer-like conditions. ‘[He] is still sending messages through followers in their meditative stage to protect his body until he returns,’ Mr Vishalanand added.

A statement on the religious order’s website said: ‘His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj ji has been in deep meditative state (Samadhi) since 29th January 2014. ‘Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan appreciates innumerous individuals and organisations for re-affirming their commitment to the organisation through phone calls, emails, messages and personal visits. ‘The sansthan acknowledges your pledge to stand by the organisation under all circumstances.’ Reeta Kohli, additional advocate general of Punjab state, said previously: ‘The man is clinically dead and it is up to his followers to decide what they want to do with the body.’ – Mail Online