Good on Darien Fenton talking about her drug addicted past.
She has written an opinion piece in theĀ Herald on Sunday about it.
Many politicians are afraid to talk about their failings or their past, so good on Darien for discussing her addiction to opiates.
My addiction was a long time ago-more years than I care to remember – in the 1970s. It’s a time I’ve put behind me but it’s still not easy to talk about. I was very young and susceptible to the influences of the day, where taking drugs seemed cool. No doubt it’s the same for many young people today.
I dropped out of uni and followed the travel trail of my times: Penang, India and Kathmandu, countries where life was on the margins, facing perils that no parent would tolerate these days. I can’t believe I put my parents through such agony and my sorrow at that endures. It’s my abiding regret.
In many ways it’s a miracle I survived, given the risks I took with both drug-taking and travel to unsafe countries.
But at the same time, I saw unbelievable poverty and struggle that had a lasting impact on me. There’s nothing like death and disease close up to focus the mind. Ā Read more »
Karl du Fresne normally writes sensible stuff…but today he is off on a wonky jihad against Fiji.
It is so dreadfully wrong in so many respects one must wonder if he has even been to Fiji recently at all, or even bothered to talk to some local people about what is really going on in Fiji. Perhaps the only person he is speaking to is the equally ill-informed Michael Field.
One thing is for sure though, after this article I doubt Karl du Fresne will be enjoying any holidays in Fiji anytime soon.
We don’t seem to hear a lot about Commodore Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama these days. Perhaps that’s because we prefer not to think about him.
Our near neighbour ā the Pacific’s only military dictator ā presents a big problem. What he’s doing in Fiji, namely suppressing democracy and silencing opponents, is repugnant. We don’t approve.
Suppressing democracy? Does Karl know that Fiji is having an election this year, probably in September? One where one vote is as equal as the next rather than the corrupt system that existed before.
But what are we to do? Economic sanctions would inevitably punish innocent, ordinary Fijians. Besides, many New Zealanders like their cheap Fijian holidays and wouldn’t take kindly to being told they can no longer fly there.
The net result is that we find it easier to look the other way. Commodore Bainimarama is just too difficult.
Really? I’ve found you can just ring him up, or anyone else for that in the Fiji government. They are pretty accessible. As for sanctions…yeah how’d that work out for us in forcing change? All sanctions did was force Fiji to look northwards, and grow as a nation themselves, ironically one that is more independent as a result. New Zealand and Australia’s influence over Fiji is negligible now, China and India replacing them.Ā Read more »
SkyNews reports on India’s release of handgun for women.Ā Outrage ensued…not because over the rape culture of India but because now women would now have a special gun to protect themselves.
And it is an ugly looking outdated pathetic hand gun too.
A Indian handgun designed for women and named after the victim of a fatal gang-rape in Delhi has been condemned by rights activist as a disgrace to her memory.
The lightweight .32 calibre revolver was developed by the state-run Indian Ordnance Factory (IOF) and can fit inside a small purse or handbag, according to a newspaper report.
The factory in the northern city of Kanpur has received 20 orders since the titanium-alloy, six-shot gun – costing 122,360 rupees ($A2,228) – was launched earlier this month, the Times of India said on Friday.
‘At least 80 per cent of the bookings are from women,’ IOF general manager Abdul Hameed told the newspaper, adding that more orders were expected soon.
‘Expectedly, the weapon has received a very good response,’ he said.
The gun is called ‘Nirbheek’ meaning ‘fearless’ in Hindi and was intended as a tribute to the 23-year-old student whose brutal attack in India’s capital in December 2012 sparked outrage about the levels of violence against women in India. Ā Read more »
The problem with holiday periods is the lack of news so desperate fill in editors load up the news with rubbish non-stories.
Earlier we blogged about the cry-baby who can’t read website warnings. Admittedly the battle for Cry-Baby of the Week was close.
These guys came second after sooking it out to the Herald’s Lincoln Tan.
An Indian IT worker wonders if it was racism that made a bouncer stop him and his friends from entering a bar at Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour on New Year’s Eve.
Sandesh Gopal, 30, a software project manager from Bangalore, said he and a friend were singled out and asked to show IDs but were told by the bouncer they could not enter.
“Others, white customers, were let in, and the bouncer just couldn’t tell us why he stopped us,” said Mr Gopal.
“We just wanted to celebrate the New Year like everyone else, and this just spoiled the mood for us.”
Mr Gopal, who has travelled to Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Malaysia and Singapore for work, says he feels New Zealand is “most racist”.
“The racism here is not overt, but it’s the small things that make us feel that maybe we are not welcomed.” Ā Read more »
Only the the Indians could come up with this cunning attempt at shaming corrupt people asking for bribes.
WORTHLESS currency is not necessarily useless. It can be a pointed way of shaming someone who asks for a bribe. That is the thinking behind zero-rupee notes, an Indian anti-corruption gimmick now attracting worldwide interest. They look roughly like 50-rupee ($0.80) notes; people are encouraged to hand them to corrupt officials, signalling resistance to sleaze.Ā Read more »
The hippies are moaning because there is a global move toward an animal based diet.
Apparently eating meat is leading to an environmental disaster.
The fast-growing economies of China and India are driving a global increase in meat consumption, cancelling out decreases elsewhere, according to a comprehensive study of global food consumption.
TheĀ work, published today inĀ Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, takes a detailed look at what people eat, as well as trends from one country to the next. It is also the first time that researchers have calculated humanity’s trophic level, a metric used in ecology to position species in the food chain.Ā Read more »
I was roundly criticised for turning the mirror back on New Zealand and suggesting we are responsible for the Rape Culture in this country.
As Willie Jackson and John Tamihere have so insensitively shown, there continues to be a huge ignorance about rape, and who is responsible for it.
Michelle Duff at Stuff reports
A young Wellington woman raped by a bouncer in an alleyway could have “closed her legs” if she didn’t want sex, the man’s lawyer told a jury. Ā Read more »
If you don;t think the left wing is delusional then go have a read of The Daily Blog, or The Standard echo chambers…even Russell Brown’s cooking and music blog Public Address. Don’t just read the posts…read the comments for the truly delusional.
How delusional are they? Well…they think thy are the middle of New Zealand political thought….they really do.
And that leads into what Thomas Sowell has to say about the delusions of the left.
The fundamental problem of the political Left seems to be that the real world does not fit their preconceptions. Therefore they see the real world as what is wrong, and what needs to be changed, since apparently their preconceptions cannot be wrong.
A never-ending source of grievances for the Left is the fact that some groups are āover-representedā in desirable occupations, institutions, and income brackets, while other groups are āunder-represented.ā
From all the indignation and outrage about this expressed on the left, you might think that it was impossible that different groups are simply better at different things.
Whole books could be filled with the unequal behavior or performances of people, or the unequal geographic settings in which whole races, nations, and civilizations have developed. Yet the preconceptions of the political Left march on undaunted, loudly proclaiming sinister reasons why outcomes are not equal within nations or between nations.
All this moral melodrama has served as a background for the political agenda of the Left, which has claimed to be able to lift the poor out of poverty, and in general make the world a better place. This claim has been made for centuries and in countries around the world. And it has failed for centuries in countries around the world. Ā Read more »