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State School Cost vs Charter School Cost

The PPTA/NZEI/Labour and their apologists continue to try and promote the myth that Charter Schools are over funded.

While some good results are coming here and brilliant results for urban Charters in the USA it is worth thinking of comparative costs.

A Charter school in NZ costs approximately $1 million to set up.

As a recent State example Ormiston Senior College cost $50 million and currently are spreading that over only 400 students while getting nearly $8,400 per student per annum too.

Ormiston Senior College is a decile 10, Co-Educational Secondary school, located in Auckland. The school has 396 Year 11-15 students including 8international students. The school receives $3,313,403.55 in direct government funding, which translates to a budget of $8,367.18 per student.

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NZ Media want to know who our troops are, here’s why they shouldn’t

Yesterday Fairfax ran a piece about the secrecy over who precisely from our Defence Forces would be sent to Iraq.

They seem to think that they should know who they are.

They are wrong and here is why.

Islamic State has posted online what it says are the names, United States addresses and photos of 100 American military service members, and called upon its “brothers residing in America” to kill them.

The Pentagon said after the information was posted on the Internet it was investigating the matter.

“I can’t confirm the validity of the information, but we are looking into it,” a US defence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Saturday.

“We always encourage our personnel to exercise appropriate OPSEC (operations security) and force protection procedures,” the official said.   Read more »

Bibi vs Obama, and how Obama lost Israel’s elections

Charles Krauthammer comments on Obama losing the Israeli elections and the petulance of Obama.

There was a big victory for Netanyahu personally and I think the reaction of the administration is now reaching levels where it has become unseemly, the pettiness and the petulance with which they are discussing the election. A presidential spokesman congratulates Israel on holding an election rather than, as did the prime minister of Canada, of the UK, congratulating the winner.

Look, it is clear that Obama loathes Netanyahu more than any other world leader meaning more than the Ayatollah in Iran or Putin in Russia. And he did everything he could to unseat him but he failed. I think the message here is this was an election between Bibi and Obama. That was on the ballot because Obama was essentially saying if you want to reconcile with the United States, if you want your ally behind you you are going to have to get rid of Bibi.   Read more »

Obama comes out all postured over another country’s democratic elections

Obama has become all postured over another country’s democratic elections, threatening Israel because of comments made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the campaign.

What business is it of his to now be commenting on internal politics of another country.

Obama administration officials have been describing a weaker and colder relationship between the United States and the Jewish state in light of Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory in Israel’s March 17 elections.

Netanyahu’s campaign rhetoric — his statements in the days leading up to the election against a two-state solution and his election day comments on Arab voters — particularly angered the administration, prompting officials to say they would examine its future steps.

On Netanyahu’s personal Facebook account on Tuesday, the prime minister warned Jewish citizens in a video, “Arab voters are coming in droves to the ballot boxes. Left-wing NGOs are bringing them in buses.”

Those election day comments drew ire at home and abroad, and White House spokesman Josh Earnest called the statements “deeply concerning” on Wednesday.

You don’t see Obama being deeply concerned over non-democratic nations like Saudi Arabia executing people…or other countries…but a democratic nation holding elections and getting a result you don;t agree with is somehow terrible? What did Obama ever say about Iran’s leader calling for death and destruction of Israel…that’s right, nothing…

“It is divisive and I can tell you that these are views the administration intends to communicate directly to the Israelis.” Earnest said. “It undermines the values and democratic ideals that have been important to our democracy and an important part of what binds the United States and Israel together.”   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: US Office of War Information

Photo: US Office of War Information

When Coca-Cola Made ‘White Coke’ For a Soviet War Hero

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This is why you don’t release terrorists

More than 100 terrorists formerly held at Guantanamo Bay and released by the Obama administration are back out in the wild committing acts of terror.

At least 116 terrorists released from the U.S. prison based in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have returned to terrorism, according to a new report from the Director of National Intelligence released last week.

“Based on trends identified during the past eleven years, we assess that some detainees currently at GTMO will seek to reengage in terrorist or insurgent activities after they are transferred,” the report said.

Thirty three suspected terrorists were released from the prison — or as the Obama administration calls it, “transferred” — in 2014. During his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama pledged to close the prison, saying it prompts Islamic extremists into attacking U.S. interests.   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Image Credit : WikiPedia/Balloon Bomb

Image Credit : WikiPedia/Balloon Bomb

The Deadly Japanese Weather Balloons of World War II

 Although it’s sometimes said there were no enemy-inflicted deaths on the US mainland during World War II, that’s not actually true. In fact, six civilians were killed in Oregon by a bomb that infiltrated the States by hitching a ride on a beefed-up weather balloon. This “balloon bomb” was one of about 9,000 that were launched from Japan with the intentions of floating across the Pacific and wreaking havoc on the US.

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Is spying wrong?

Is spying wrong?

Well not when it is the left-wing doing it to political opponents, and using criminals to enable it.

But widely, no it is not. I almost never agree with Michael Field, especially over Fiji, but this may well be a watershed moment for both of us because I happen to agree with his column the other day about the spying revelation of Nicky Hager.

It is not paradise out there in the South Pacific and while our friendly neighbourhood might be democratic and understand rugby’s off-side rule, corruption, self-interest and idiocy stalks their capitals.

And dangerously surprising things like coups, civil war and mutinies happen, and they have a real and direct impact on New Zealand.

The Snowden Papers suggest spying in the South Pacific is something new, but the reality is that we have been spying on Pacific countries for decades.

Back in 1914 London asked New Zealand soldiers to invade German Samoa. We said yes, but asked if they could give us some details of German defences. London replied we would look it up in an encyclopaedia.

These days acting like that is not on.

Time-shift to today and pick a Pacific country that suddenly finds itself with people being killed, buildings on fire and assorted bad people breaking into police armouries – as happened in the Solomon Islands.

New Zealand’s Special Air Service was on the way to save lives – what are they expected to do for useful intelligence, Google it?

As open as Pacific states can seem to be, it takes specialist knowledge and focus to know who the real players are.

Mobile phone metadata does not provide that.

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Hundreds of birds fried with latest “green” power project in the US

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When “green” power solutions aren’t shredding birds with wind turbines they are frying them with massive subsidised concentrated solar arrays.

It’s no secret that solar power is hot right now, with innovators and big name companies alike putting a great deal of time, money, and effort into improving these amazing sources of renewable energy. Still, the last thing you’d likely expect is for a new experimental array to literally light nearly 130 birds in mid-flight on fire.

And yet, that’s exactly what happened near Tonopah, Nevada last month during tests of the 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project.

According to Rudy Evenson, Deputy Chief of Communications for Nevada Bureau of Land Management (NBLM) in Reno, as reported by Re Wire, a third of the newly constructed plant was put into action on the morning of Jan. 14, redirecting concentrated solar energy to a point 1,200 feet above the ground.

Unfortunately, about two hours into the test, engineers and biologists on site started noticing “streamers” – trails of smoke and steam caused by birds flying directly into the field of solar radiation. What moisture was on them instantly vaporized, and some instantly burst into flames – at least, until they began to frantically flap away. An estimated 130 birds were injured or killed during the test.

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Panty sniffers

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Panty sniffer number one has a thing for American government employees’ underwear. He just can’t get enough of it. The more he sniffs the more he is shocked that skid marks not only exist but in some cases are downright disgusting. He considers that he is doing the American public a service by revealing the details, ( the dirty, smelly details ). He rejects the title ‘Panty Sniffer’ which suggests that he is in some way perverted for having a fixation with other people’s underwear and that he is a criminal for rooting around in other peoples dirty laundry searching for stains and other unsavory marks.

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