SPCA throw Bob Kerridge under the bus for telling the truth

The SPCA has distanced itself from claims by one of its officials who linked dog attacks to the owner’s ethnicity.

Auckland SPCA head Bob Kerridge said ¬†people of some ethnicities had no idea of their responsibilities and “don’t care”.

But his boss, Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals chief executive Ric Odom, said responsible dog ownership was not a matter of race.

“Bob’s comments are his personal views and do not reflect the views of the SPCA,” Odom said.

“We proudly work with anyone who shares our common vision and would be horrified if Mr Kerridge’s comments led anyone to think that his personal views on ethnicity were shared by the SPCA.

“They are not.”

The SPCA believed responsible dog ownership was something every dog owner should practice regardless of their ethnicity or socio-economic status.

Weasel words. ¬†Of course it is what people¬†should do. ¬†But Bob was observing what is happening now. ¬†And is it really such a surprise that the same area where they back over kids in the driveway with monotonous regularity, the pets come of third best? ¬† Read more »


How is your moral compass?

Dennis Prager relates in an article at RealClearPolitics his experience at the Oxford Union debates over the Christmas period.

In it he talks about knowing where people’s moral compass is at by how they react to what is described as “The Israel Question”.

His three observations of his time participating in the debates are as follows:

Three conclusions:

First, these statements accurately represent the moral and intellectual level of Oxford and nearly all other Western universities. The moral compass at Western universities is simply broken. The moral north points south and the moral south points north. Thus, the good — most especially America and Israel — are regarded as villains, and the worst are portrayed as victims.

The situation is the same regarding truth. “Israel is behaving like Nazi Germany” is, above all, a lie. Outside of the natural sciences, truth is not pursued at the university — indeed, the existence of objective truth is largely denied.

“Truth” (it is likely to be put in quotes) is a function of race, gender and class. There is, therefore, no truth about Ferguson, only white truth and black truth.

Second, as George Gilder has written in his superb book, “The Israel Test,” how an individual, institution or nation reacts to Israel provides a good guide to their values. Those with an intact moral compass and who are life- and success-affirming admire Israel. The immoral, the morally confused, and those who resent success loathe Israel. The university is in the latter categories. ¬†¬† Read more »

Day 1: ISIS have chemical weapons. Day 2: now they have fighter jets

In an article yesterday I highlighted how incredibly timely it was for ISIS to “find” the unused Sarin left over from the Gulf War just as the West is looking for a reason to invade.

But today they have added a whole new dimension:  ISIS now have a strike wing of 3 Mig fighter planes.  /TUI

Isis militants are believed to be learning to fly three captured fighter jets, which could signal the terrorist group taking to the air for the first time.

Monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims the militants have obtained three war planes, believed to be MiG-21 and MiG-23 supersonic fighter jets, and have been flying them from the Al Jarrah airbase in Aleppo, Syria.

The UK-based monitoring group said witnesses who live close to the airbase have seen a warplane taking off and flying at a low altitude over the area. The sources claim Isis (also known as Islamic State) militants seized the aircraft when it took control of military airports in Syria’s Aleppo and Raqqa provinces.

“Believed” to be, and a UK based monitoring group – not actually seeing anything personally. ¬†In the same sense, I, and you, are now part of the New Zealand based monitoring group.

And I “believe” this is a load of rubbish. Read more »


On the importance of being widely read

Want the unvarnished truth?

Don’t we all.

Here is a perfect example why you can’t just read Whaleoil, or watch just One News, or follow just your own political party’s press releases.

The following tweets are all about the same information, all tweeted within the same hour.




Read more »


Two truths and a lie

2 Truths & 1 Lie from James Coulson on Vimeo.

(Hint:  they are all true, just not necessarily spoken by the person the truth belongs to)

Since when has the truth been a smear?

Kim Dotcom is feeling a bit of pressure. He calls it smearing…I call it telling the truth.

Read more »


My First Te Reo – Pono


1. (stative) be true, valid, honest.
2. (noun) truth, non-fiction.

Modern usage:

PńĀpńĀ¬†has been¬†pono.

He has told Missy the truth. ¬† Read more »

Jock Anderson on Truth

Jock Anderson has written a eulogy (probably the best word for it) on Truth at NBR.

It is worth the read.

New Zealand journalism has much to thank Truth for.

With news the hoary old tabloid was not publishing this week, and unlikely to again under its current ownership, a cornerstone of independent crusading journalism fell.

Make no mistake ‚Äď the Great National Weekly has been a social force to be reckoned with, in whatever incarnation it has appeared over 126 years.

Truth¬†pioneered investigative journalism, delving deep and long into the murky affairs of the powerful, privileged and corrupt.¬† Read more »

Dick of the Week – Damian Christie

Some people just can’t help themselves:

and; ¬†¬† Read more »

NBR gets the good oil on Truth


The last front page – Truth June 13, 2013

Georgina Bond has a very good article at NBR on the demise of Truth.

Truth rejuvenation became too hard ‚Äď Horton¬†[Republished with permission]

Plans to rejuvenate the Truth newspaper became too hard, causing its publisher to call time on the struggling tabloid yesterday.

Horton Media chief executive Matthew Horton told NBR ONLINE work had been afoot to restructure the weekly paper over the past six months.

Initiatives included a deal with Countdown to post the paper’s presence in its supermarkets and selling off one of its websites.

Reformatting plans were also in the pipeline to do away with some of the adult content and related advertising to make¬†Truth¬†more of a ‚Äústandard newspaper‚ÄĚ, Mr Horton says.

‚ÄúBut at the end of the day all these deals took too long and were too hard.”

Mr Horton, who owns a 50% stake in Truth, says the newspaper had continued to lose ground with advertisers and readers over the last few years.

‚ÄúIt had taken a very seedy turn over the last five years and I think that probably cost the paper a lot of sales. ¬† Read more »