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It’s official: the war through Terror is ramping up

The liberal elite luvvies and terrorism huggers might like to think cuddles, hashtags, fancy lights and candles are going to solve the problem with terrorism.

Unfortunately they are wrong…our enemies couldn’t care less what we think – they are escalating their war against our way of life.

A global report has confirmed the number of attacks and deaths attributed to terrorism are continuing to rise.

In a frightening snapshot of the trend in terror events, the report released on Wednesday shows there were 32,658 people killed in terrorist attacks last year, the highest number recorded, accounting for an 80% increase from 2013.

Despite being highly concentrated in five countries, terrorism is spreading, with more nations recording attacks and deaths.

Australia was ranked 59th out of 162 countries, and was second only to the United States in terms of deaths in Western nations.  

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Goodyear sacks an employee for being a sporting shooter

Goodyear has a bit of a problem on their hands. One of their Australian employees has been sacked because he is a sporting shooter.

That is bad enough, but the case has now come to the attention of The Firearm Blog, one of the most respected and popular firearms blogs in the world, let alone the US.

David Waters, one of the top shooters in Australian, competes regularly in high-power shooting competitions in the USA. In 2008 he became the first non-US citizen to be awarded the Distinguished Rifleman Badge by the CMP.

A mechanical engineer by profession, he has worked for Goodyear in Australia for the past 12 years until earlier this year when he was fired.    Read more »

Go on, you got to laugh: Dotcom’s lawyer says TPP clears Kim of copyright charges

Fatty Boomsticks goes on another fruitless search for legal relevance.

He is just a complete waste of the court’s time and resources.

Lawyers for Kim Dotcom say the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) backs their view that internet service providers are protected from copyright infringement.

Mr Dotcom and three other men face extradition to the United States on copyright, money laundering and racketeering charges.

It relates to their website, Megaupload, and the hearing is into its eighth week.  Read more »

Drone Warfare comes to Kiwi skies


How cool is this…the US are bringing a Global Hawk to NZ for wargaming.

The NZ Defence Force media release states:


A United States Air Force (USAF) RQ4 Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) will be used in New Zealand for the first time during Exercise Southern Katipo 2015, the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) largest military exercise.

The Combined Joint Task Force will use the Global Hawk to take imagery of simulated adversary areas of interest as part of the exercise. The RPAS will be operated remotely by USAF controllers with the NZDF advising parameters.

The Global Hawk has an endurance time of over 28 hours, so will travel from its station at Andersen, Air Force Base, Guam all the way to New Zealand, capture imagery and return home in one trip. It cruises at an altitude of 60,000 feet, twice that of a passenger aircraft.   Read more »

Surely even the Russians wouldn’t be so stupid as to cut off the Internet?

They can bomb, they can annex and they can do whatever they like invading other non-relevant (non-western!) countries, but if they ever cut off the Internet, the backlash they’ll face will be unprecedented.

You can kill every day, but if you take away our Facebook, it will be the last thing you ever do.

The presence of Russian submarines and spy ships near undersea cables carrying most global Internet communications has US officials concerned that Russia could be planning to sever the lines in periods of conflict, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

The Times said there was no evidence of cable cutting but that the concerns reflected increased wariness among US and allied officials over growing Russian military activity around the world.

The newspaper quoted naval commanders and intelligence officials as saying they were monitoring significantly greater Russian activity along the cables’ known routes from the North Sea to Northeast Asia and waters closer to the United States.   Read more »

And the TPPA just got bigger

Andrew Little was demanding the government sell beef to Hindus and that we look at a FTA with Indonesia when we already have one.

Well, his wish sort of came true. Indonesia has told the US it wants in to the TPPA as well.

Indonesia’s president says his country will join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal, but cuts short his US visit to deal with Indonesia’s worsening haze situation.

Joko Widodo made the comments to US President Obama at the White House.

Indonesia, south-east Asia’s largest economy with a population of 250 million, will join 12 countries in the world’s largest free trade area.   Read more »

Chinks no good, but Seppos OK

The opposition have mounted their race based attacks on farm and other real estate ownership, decrying people with Chinky sounding names from even bidding on the real estate offered.

But it turns out that Seppos are the largest foreign owners and we haven’t heard a squeak about them owning farms.

United States interests were the biggest foreign investors in New Zealand dairy land in 2013 and 2014, followed by China, according to a report by KPMG.

The consultancy’s analysis of foreign direct investment decisions by the Overseas Investment Office showed the US accounted for 54.4 per cent of the freehold hectares sold over the two-year period, followed by China with 11.7 per cent and Sweden with 5.9 per cent.

By value, the breakdown was 26.5 per cent for the US, 21.3 per cent for China and 10.8 per cent for Britain.    Read more »

Refugees: a cautionary tale

The leftists want us to throw our doors open to Islamic “refugees” fleeing their own religious adherents who have got out of hand after being funded by oil rich nations.

Apparently we have to help them now even after they caused their own problems.

We should be careful and here is why.

Barbara Strack is President Obama’s chief of the Refugee Affairs Division at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service of the Department of Homeland Security. That’s a fancy title that would at least indicate some cursory knowledge about refugees. But that couldn’t have been further from the truth, as evidenced in Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest investigating Obama’s plan to open our borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees over the next two years.

One of the top concerns about any refugee coming into the United States is whether or not they have ties to terrorism or are radical Islamists. Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, also the Congressional subcommittee’s chairman, knows the importance of knowing and monitoring these connections with these asylum seekers. He asked Mrs. Strack if she could confirm that Dzhokhar and Tamerian Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bombers, were in fact refugees. Her response was a bit on the shocking side:

I would need to check with my colleagues, sir.   Read more »

Would you trust the UN to control the Internet?


Everything the UN does turns to custard, except profligate waste and spending money, they are world champions at that.

Now there is a proposal for the UN to take over control of the internet.

It may not have intended to, precisely, but the United Nations just took sides in the Internet’s most brutal culture war.

On Thursday, the organization’s Broadband Commission for Digital Development released a damning “world-wide wake-up call” on what it calls “cyber VAWG,” or violence against women and girls. The report concludes that online harassment is “a problem of pandemic proportion” — which, nbd, we’ve all heard before.

But the United Nations then goes on to propose radical, proactive policy changes for both governments and social networks, effectively projecting a whole new vision for how the Internet could work.

Under U.S. law — the law that, not coincidentally, governs most of the world’s largest online platforms — intermediaries such as Twitter and Facebook generally can’t be held responsible for what people do on them. But the United Nations proposes both that social networks proactively police every profile and post, and that government agencies only “license” those who agree to do so.

“The respect for and security of girls and women must at all times be front and center,” the report reads, not only for those “producing and providing the content,” but also everyone with any role in shaping the “technical backbone and enabling environment of our digital society.”

How that would actually work, we don’t know; the report is light on concrete, actionable policy. But it repeatedly suggests both that social networks need to opt-in to stronger anti-harassment regimes and that governments need to enforce them proactively.

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A newspaper slips up – reports Charter School success

The PPTA’s embedded education reporter will be apoplectic about this slipping through.

The school ” badly flooded and facing closure ” fought to stay open as a new charter school and was in the process of reopening when Bush came. When Warren Easton reopened in 2006, nearly every student who attended was considered “homeless” because they lived in trailers sent to hurricane victims by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or slept on couches, school officials said.

Back then, Bush talked about the need for school reforms. His speech was a nod to the city’s efforts to expand charter schools to break up what was widely seen as a failing neighborhood school model. The old public school system was riddled with broken buildings, failing grades and pervasive corruption.   Read more »