The cause against Lycra-clad road lice has gone off-Whaleoil

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And they say that my influence is next to zero after Dirty Politics.  Pah!

Administrators of a Facebook page titled NZ Drivers against idiot cyclists deny their site is a “hate page” and say they are trying to control comments with death threats against cyclists.

The page has alarmed Dunedin cycling mum Lara Hearn-Rollo who thinks it should be shut down.

I don’t agree, so you must be silenced!   sigh.

After Charlie Hebdo, people still don’t ‘get it’, do they?  

She said it was carrying posts that incited members to “mow” down cyclists, and did not just target irresponsible cyclists, as its title suggested, but was directed at the cycling community as a whole.

Administrators of the page said they were not anti-cyclist, had nothing to do with some comments and images posted on the page, and did not condone them.

Snigger.  Oh yes.  The old “I’m not responsible for the comments” chestnut.  Well, I’ve learned that it takes just one comment and the media, or some other single issue nutter will make a case out of it.

This morning they issued a statement on the page, saying it was “not a hate page”.

Explaining is losing people.  Be proud.

“We do not condone any ill will towards cyclists at all. And we don’t want them all off the road. We are trying to keep on top of death threat comments as we see them which is hard to keep up at times as some of you get heated.

“We want safer riding on the road and cyclists to take more care in their surroundings.”

I’ve got no problem with cyclists that stick to the rules and show courtesy to other road users either.  Problem is, there aren’t enough of them.

Hearn-Rollo said her children often went cycling through the city. For that reason some of the page’s contents terrified her.

“It’s directed at all cyclists, and at all ages as well. They don’t care. They really just don’t care.

“It’s about attaching big bull bars to your vehicle so you can mow them all down.”

Media found someone with dumb outrage to quote.   Like shootin’ fish in a barrel.

Some users had posted comments offering suggestions on how to cause a cyclist injury, such as by throwing bottles of urine at them or sticking things through the spokes of their wheels, Hearn-Rollo said.

Comments on the page “just made me feel sick”, she said.

“It really has just been absolutely horrific. It’s crazy really. They just get on here and go mad. I think it’s appalling, actually. I think it is absolutely disgusting [Facebook] have allowed this.”

Well, I only sow the seed.  But let it be clear that I love cyclists.  As long as they stop acting like they own the road and traffic signals are for motorised traffic only.   If not, they are road lice, and the Facebook page reflects the fact that an increasing amount of people are fed up with cyclists’ behaviour.

 

– Wilma McKay, Southland Times


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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