Public safety

Face of the day

 

Mark Mitchell

Mark Mitchell

Mark Mitchell is well qualified to have an informed opinion on the anti-terrorist legislation. If he is 100% behind it, then I feel confident that it was the right thing to do.

 

The MP who chaired the anti-terrorist legislation rushed through Parliament last week, Mark Mitchell, says the bill was “100 per cent” justified.

And he said he had had messages yesterday thanking him for the bill in light of the Sydney hostage crisis.

“It becomes a lot more real for people when it’s three hours across the ditch.”

…Mr Mitchell, a former security specialist who ran a company in the Middle East for 10 years, said New Zealand was not immune.”We don’t have some sort of magic inoculation that means we couldn’t be exposed to some sort of extremist actions here.”

…Mr Mitchell said one thing he had learned after dealing with terrorists’ acts for a decade was that they had become good at adapting and changing tactics to defeat measures taken by countries to mitigate risk.

“You do have to be quite flexible and be able to move quickly and take all the measures we need to prevent that from happening.”

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Kevin Hague’s creepy stalking of Katherine Rich has a logic problem

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Kevin Hague continues to creepily stalk Katherine Rich but it seems his logic is somewhat flawed.

Quite apart from the fact that there is no pecuniary interest to Katherine Rich personally he is basically saying that if ANYONE who makes a “profit” in any way should be prevented from being on a board…except his health trougher mates.

There is a problem with his logic though as Eye2thelongrun point outs.

Green ‚Äúhealthy food‚ÄĚ spokesman Kevin Hague says he has a problem with Food and Grocery CE Katherine Rich’s ‚Äúconflict of interest‚ÄĚ in being a member of the Health Promotion Agency¬† which, amongst other things, promotes healthy food while at the same time heading an organisation whose members make a profit out of distributing and selling food.

He’s right. He does have a problem.

Like the numerous others who still some 5,000 years on from first ever production, do not understand what a profit is. ¬† Read more »

Face of the day

Police Association President Greg O’Connor

Police Association President Greg O’Connor

The public and indeed the NZ Police have resisted them being armed for a long time now.Times have changed however and it is clear that we need to change too. You don’t send a man armed with a knife to a gun fight yet we are currently expecting our Police to go unarmed to a gun fight. At least things have improved a little and they can now access weapons from locked compartments inside their vehicles. However, separate them from their vehicle and you have disarmed them and they stand unprotected against an armed terrorist or common criminal carrying a shotgun or other weapon.

The Government’s refusal to arm police means police officers are ill-equipped to defend themselves or others, whether from terrorists or other armed criminals, Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

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Wellington no dive but still shit *

Remember when John Key was telling us Wellington was a dying city?  It appears it is in a serious state of decay:

Wellington’s popular waterfront diving platform was forced to close after faecal contamination spiked at nearly 500 times the safe level, documents reveal.

An email exchange issued under the Official Information Act showed that Wellington Waterfront and the city council decided to close the platform immediately on the Friday of the rugby sevens last year after getting advice from Regional Public Health.

But at the time, Wellington Waterfront chief executive Ian Pike pointed to drunken sevens fans as the main reason for the closure, with water quality mentioned only as contributing to the decision.

Yesterday, he said that was incorrect and while security guards were in place to stop drunken people taking a jump, the tournament was “coincidental” to the decision to close the platform.

It is not likely to reopen until March, when new baffles are installed to divert stormwater.

The documents showed that enterococci bacteria levels were well above 140cfu (colony forming units) per 100 millilitres of water, which is considered the safe level for swimming.¬† Read more »

Finding Evil in a Haystack

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Foreign Policy has a reasonably good article about the systems the NSA uses to monitor communications.

I say it is reasonably good in that they get some details right on the tools and algorithms used to analyse communications including (even thought they don;t use the term) link analysis, emergent grouping and other statistical analysis methodologies that allow systems and analyst to isolate the abnormal from teh billions of normal transactions in the data.

Over the last week, critics and defenders of the National Security Agency have heatedly debated¬†the merits of metadata¬†— information about the phone activity of millions of Americans that was given to the government via a secret court order.

The information collected includes records of every call placed on the Verizon communications network (and, it appears, every other U.S. phone carrier) including times, dates, lengths of calls, and the phone numbers of the participants, but not the names associated with the accounts.

For some, the collection of these data represent a grave violation of the privacy of American citizens. For others, the privacy issue is negligible, as long as it helps keep us safe from terrorism.

There are indeed privacy issues at play here, but they aren’t necessarily the obvious ones. In order to put the most important questions into context, consider the following illustration of a metadata analysis using sample data derived from a real social network. The sample data isn’t derived from telephone records, but it’s close enough to give a sense of the analysis challenges and privacy issues in play. ¬† Read more »

Don’t. Just don’t. Let idiots kill themselves

via aucklandnz.com

via aucklandnz.com

Newstalk ZB reports

The death of a tourist at Auckland’s Hunua Falls has prompted another safety review at the popular site.

A 20-year-old Indian man fell into the water and died after losing his footing.

Hunua Ranges Regional Park senior ranger Wayne Carlson says Auckland Council has already worked hard on safety at this site, as there have been several other deaths.

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Community Service Notice – Vote for Warrington SLSC

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A friend has asked me to spread the word and solicit votes for Warrington Surf Lifesaving Club, I’d appreciate your votes and a blog post would be even better:

BP is running a nationwide competition for Surf Life Saving, where an IRB (Inflatable Rescue boat) is the prize for the club with the most votes. Warrington Surf Club was leading the votes, since a campaign was kick started by Columba College, after the incident at Purakunui, when the IRB from their club was used.

The boats are worth $25,000 and for a small club like Warrington, this would mean lots of raffles, sausages sizzles and quiz nights to raise the money to buy one.¬†¬† Read more »

If you arm the Police then allow citizens to bear arms too

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The Police Association has renewed its calls for “guns on hips” after a rifle was allegedly aimed at a female officer in the Bay of Plenty early yesterday morning.

The officer had been responding to a report of suspicious activity in Katikati when she spotted a man near an intersection, police said.

When she stopped to speak to him, he dropped bags he was carrying and is alleged to have swung a rifle toward her.

The officer left immediately and called for back up, before armed offenders squad members were deployed in the area.

A 20-year-old man was arrested and yesterday appeared in Tauranga District Court on charges including burglary and using a firearm against a law enforcement officer.

I have no problem with arming the Police, but if the Police are to be armed then I also believe that suitably trained citizens should also be allowed to similarly armed. After all if you start arming state authorities with out similar rights passing to citizens then you run the very real risk fo the citizenry being able to be suppressed through fear and intimidation buy those same authorities.

A second point would also be that criminals already have and use firearms and the Police simply can;t be everywhere, thereby leaving unarmed citizens at risk. If the risk is great for the police then surely the risk is greater for citizens.

I am not saying that we should be allowed tio willy-nilly carry firearms…I am saying the with training and certification and appropriate club¬†membership¬†then this should be allowed.

Irony Alert

I find it ironic that Mr Martyn Bradbury snivels about there being not enough Police on Queen Street.

He said that years ago police would be out in force dealing with anyone causing trouble.

“I used to watch the old school police coming in with the paddy wagon, the pushy-shove type of police. But in the last six months they’ve dissipated overnight.

“There are a lot of foot patrols during the day, but after 8pm you don’t see them like you used to.”

However, police say they are out in force and have dedicated significant resources to covering the worst areas in the CBD.

Is this the same snivelly Martyn Bradbury who constantly posts anti-police propaganda as represented in the image on the linked post?

Martyn “DBD” Bradbury better hope that the cops don’t remember his anti-police tirades and decided that wee Martyn can be left to his own devices when confronted with scum on Queen Street.

 

Collins on Crime

Judith Collins talks about an article in The New Republic about crime in New York:

This is worth reading. The New York experience is mirrored in New Zealand over the last 3 years. Policing turned around and the crime rate has dropped to 1982 levels. The prison population, despite our increased penalties for violent, recidivist offenders, has fallen. South Auckland, which was known as “the mean streets” by the media, has turned around. It’s not because of the Lefties, it’s because of the Police and the fact that they stopped having to apologise for doing their jobs. Prevention First in Policing and Policing Excellence are making a lasting difference to many families and communities.

Now that Judith has fixed the Police perhaps she might like to undo the liberal damage in the Courts system.