New Zealand

The Alt-Left not only exists it is already active in New Zealand

On Wednesday, the conservative-leaning advocacy group One Nation released a statement on Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

“Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders Lead Alt-Left in Hijacking of Bipartisan Medical Research Bill,” the subject line read.

Wait. “Alt-left?”

You may have heard of the alt-right…

There remains plenty of disagreement about what exactly “alt-right” means, but it’s a loaded political term carrying connotations of white nationalism and even racism.

…The term isn’t brand new, but it has just now gradually worked its way into the mainstream…

…The use of the term “alt-left,” then, would seem to be a way to point out that there are also extremists on the left.

-washingtonpost.com

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France v New Zealand

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Bonjour!

Finally a game at a sensible time.  You should be getting ready with the croissants and deep rich cup of caffeine.

Game starts 9:05 – pop the bragging guesses in before game start.

Remember, no game chat of any kind in General Debate, even when the game is already complete.  Some people may be watching it delayed.  Thaaaaaaaaank U!

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When will Shaykh Mohammad Anwar Sahib resign as secretary of FIANZ?

Will FIANZ show that they reject the hate preaching of Shaykh Mohammad Anwar Sahib by removing him as secretary of the organisation? Will Shaykh Mohammad Anwar Sahib resign now that his hate preaching has brought the Muslim community that he represents into disrepute?

While I am very happy that we have got this story into the public view I am concerned that FIANZ will murmur sweet useless nothings to Susan Devoy and will take no action. They will reject Shaykh Mohammad Anwar Sahib’s words and claim that they do not represent their Muslim  community but will keep him in his positions of influence regardless. Will they encourage the Masjid at-Taqwa Mosque to take down his videos on their Youtube channel for example? What real action are they prepared to take to show their rejection of his hateful preaching?

Here is the timeline so far although by the time this post goes live there may be other new media and MSM outlets covering it.

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Ireland v New Zealand

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via punditarena.com

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Italy v New Zealand

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Good on you for getting (or staying up) for the 3 am start.  Here’s the usual Whaleoil post for those who wish to multi-screen and share their joy and other emotions about the game as it develops.

Before the game, pop in your score for bragging rights.

PLEASE do not discuss the game in any way in this morning’s General Debate as I suspect a few people will be watching the game delayed.  So no scores, no final results, nothing whatsoever.

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Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses… but no Clinton voters

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Do we really want people who flee their country when a democratic vote doesn’t go their way?

We especially don’t want members of F.A.G. coming here.

More than 56,300 people visited the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) website in the 24 hour period that saw Donald Trump elected president of the US.

The number represents an increase of almost 2,500 per cent on the average daily amount.

The INZ website usually receives an average of 2,300 visits a day.

“In the same 24-hour period the New Zealand Now website – which contains information about living, working, studying and investing in New Zealand – received 70,500 visits from the United States compared to a usual daily average of 1500 visits,” a spokesperson said, quoted by Radio NZ.    Read more »

More good news, NZ easier than Singapore to do business

Poor old Andrew Little. He’s going to find it hard to get angry over this news.

New Zealand edged out Singapore as the easiest country for doing business in the World Bank’s latest rankings, while several emerging market countries improved the most by pursuing business-friendly reforms.

In its annual “Doing Business” report, the World Bank cited reductions in labor-related taxes and new regulations that make paying taxes easier as key reasons for moving New Zealand to the top spot from its previous runner-up position.

Macedonia broke into the coveted top 10, while Brunei had the biggest improvement, moving to 72nd from a rank of 84th last year as it made electricity supply more reliable, passed a new insolvency law and increased protections for minority investors.

The World Bank report tracks regulatory changes in 190 countries for businesses throughout their life cycle – from the ease of business start-up regulations and getting credit to property rights.

It said a record 137 economies made reforms to make it easier to start and operate businesses in the last year, with more than 75 percent of the changes occurring in developing countries.

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Water, rubbish and roads? Nope. Wellington mayor will drop house prices

Wellington ratepayers will be so pleased that their new mayor, Justin Lester, wants to drop the value of their houses.

A taskforce to tackle the affordability of housing in Wellington is being set up by new mayor Justin Lester.

It will examine issues including homelessness, social housing, schemes for first-home buyers, the rental market and housing density.

The council is hoping to report its recommendations by April so it can become part of its three-year plan.

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Mr Key this is how you say “no” to increasing the refugee intake

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I came across two articles yesterday. One on the art of saying no and the other a criticism of John Key’s increase of our refugee intake. John Key was criticised for not increasing the intake more than he had and we New Zealanders were also criticised. According to the article we are all rich and are shirking our responsibilities and John Key has not shown leadership on this issue.

Issues of fairness were raised and the accusation that we are not doing our fair share. What is unfair is that we are given no say as a nation as to who we accept into our country. Putting aside the economic strain taking refugees puts on a society we are denied the basic right to choose non-Muslim refugees to live in our non-Muslim country. Muslim countries don’t take in Christian refugees and most refuse to help Muslim refugees yet we continue to be forced to take people who support laws and values alien to our society.

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Vegan snowflake gets upset at seeing where meat comes from

Only from Facebook:

How did she get to New Zealand?

Did she fly first class?

Or cattle class?

Did someone try to eat her when she arrived at her destination?   Read more »

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