November 2018

Social blowing up in the social media minefield part two: Enter the bots

In a previous article, I wrote about how many public figures are finding out how viciously unforgiving the public sphere can be in the age of social media. Celebrities from Roseanne Barr to James Gunn have found their careers wrecked overnight by injudicious tweets. In Australia, the Greens have especially run afoul of the social media pack.

Like all minefields, social media is a deadly maze that doesn’t discriminate. Politicians from all sides have been caught out. As a friend of mine said, your enemies will troll through everything you’ve ever said and done online, and then go after you like a pack of hyenas.

But now a new weapon has entered the social media battle: the dreaded Russian bot. Quote:

Victorian Labor senator and ­social media enthusiast Kimberley Kitching has suddenly lost more than a quarter of her Twitter followers in what appears to be another purging of “fake user” ­accounts by the social media group.

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Who is Lushington D. Brady?

Well, a pseudonym. Obviously.

But the name Lushington Dalrymple Brady has been chosen carefully. Not only for the sum of its overall mien of seedy gentility, reminiscent perhaps of a slightly disreputable gentlemen of letters, but also for its parts, each of which borrows from the name of a Vandemonian of more-or-less fame (or notoriety) who represents some admirable quality which will hopefully animate the persona of Lushington D. Brady.

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Jamal Khashoggi and Osama bin Laden were mates

While no one should be dismembered under any circumstances, whether in a consulate or not, it seems that there is another side to Jamal Khashoggi that the media have not told us.  Given that he worked for the Washington Post, I guess we should not be surprised.  Bin Laden and Khashoggi were mates in high school and worked together in the Muslim Brotherhood.

Daniel Greenfield writes on his blog: Quote.

We were hoping to establish an Islamic state anywhere,” Khashoggi reminisced about their time together in the Muslim Brotherhood. “We believed that the first one would lead to another, and that would have a domino effect which could reverse the history of mankind.” […]

The media calls Khashoggi a journalist, but his writings from 80s Afghanistan read as Jihadist propaganda with titles like, “Arab Mujahadeen in Afghanistan II: Exemplifies the Unity of Islamic Ummah”.

And when Osama bin Laden set up Al Qaeda, he called Khashoggi with the details. […]

[After] September 11, Khashoggi wrote that the Saudis would not “give in” to American “demands” for “unconditional condemnation” and “total cooperation”.

“Saudis tend to link the ugliness of what happened in New York and Washington with what has happened and continues to happen in Palestine. It is time that the United States comes to understand the effect of its foreign policy and the consequences of that policy,” he declared.

“A Muslim cannot be happy with the suffering of others. Even if this suffering is that of Americans who neglected the suffering of Palestinians for half a century.”

That’s the real Khashoggi, a cynical and manipulative apologist for Islamic terrorism, not the mythical martyred dissident whose disappearance the media has spent the worst part of a week raving about.
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Confessions of a Trans Vegetarian


Vegetarian woman

I haven’t always been a Trans vegetarian but I have admired vegetarians for years. I have wanted to be a vegetarian since I was a young child but it simply was not acceptable back then. It is quite frankly a relief to come out of the closet and claim my identity as a Trans vegetarian.

I have always admired vegetarians. It takes a lot of guts to stick it to the man and to reject meat it all its delicious forms. Vegetarians are principled people who often care deeply about animal rights and who have transformed their lives in order to live healthy, meatless lives.

Until the Trans movement came along I had no hope at all of claiming my identity as a vegetarian as there were too many barriers for me to overcome in order to call myself a vegetarian and to take my rightful place with my vegetarian brothers and sisters.

For a start I hated vegetables.

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If you agree with me that’s nice, but what I really want to achieve is to make you question the status quo, look between the lines and do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.

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Map of the day

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How Long is Chile?

It is longer than what the distance is from Auckland to Alice Springs or Cairns!

It is longer than what the distance is from Cape Town to Antartica

So the correct answer to the question is – Chile is very long!

Loving these maps

How do we want to look?

This telling question was asked on national television by our prime minister when referring to the $10 million we are giving to Papua New Guinea.  Quote.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has defended giving money to Papua New Guinea after its leader splashed out on flash cars for APEC, saying New Zealand falls “well short” of other nations when it comes to foreign aid.

Ms Ardern’s comments come after her recent trip to Papua New Guinea for the APEC summit. At the event the New Zealand Government committed NZ$10 million towards improving vaccination outcomes and announced a contribution to the country’s plan to expand electricity.

That’s despite Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Peter O’Neill spending millions on a fleet of 40 Maseratis for APEC. Ms Ardern says she’s confident none of New Zealand’s money went toward the luxury cars.” End of quote.

Cindy avoided answering the question about PNG’s expensive car purchase probably because she didn’t want to delve into their appalling history of fund mismanagement and corruption at government level. Quote.

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The subject evoked in the collage is the debating of political issues with friends in a public place

Pablo Picasso
Glass and bottle of Suze (after 18 November 1912)
pasted paper, gouache and charcoal

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Auckland oilers: Any oilers interested in a catch up in Howick?


We’ve had a request for an East Auckland catch-up, this time in Howick Village, so this post is to gauge interest in this location.

When: Tuesday 4th December 11am

Where: Howick Village, café to be advised

If you have an interest in attending this event, please email me at events at with Howick in the subject line and we’ll let you know the exact location.

If you have any feedback on location/date/time, feel free to let me know, either in the comments or the events email address.

It’s great to have a voice.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King

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Jacinda preaching to the world

PM Jacinda Ardern and President Donald Trump

Cindy continues  to lecture the world. Even though she cannot fix the problems at home. quote.

This year, Jacinda Ardern’s message to the world has been consistent: globalisation hasn’t worked for everyone, but it can.

In her speech to the UN General Assembly in September, Ardern said every country and its citizens had been impacted by globalisation.

“While that impact has been positive for many, for others it has not. The transitions our economies have made have often been jarring, and the consequences harsh. end quote.

Like trashing the oil and gas industry at home, Cindy? Yes, that was definitely harsh. quote.

The theme for this year’s APEC, held in Port Moresby, was “Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future”.

During an interview with the BBC, while in Singapore, Ardern spoke about the fallout from globalisation, along with the risks of protectionism.

“Now it’s a global market and with that comes a little bit of fear – fear around job security, fear about whether your children will have the same opportunities that you had,” she said. end quote.

The fear they feel in Taranaki now, do you mean, Cindy? quote.

“Our response as political leaders can be twofold: we can either capitalise on that fear by blaming others and saying that the answer is to become more and more insular; to become protectionist; to build up those walls around us so that we can retreat back to yesteryear. end quote.

Quick dig at Donald Trump there. We can never resist a good jibe, can we, Cindy? quote.

“The alternative is to give a message of hope.” end quote.

She’s really good at ‘hope’. I ‘hope’ I can bring down child poverty. I ‘hope’ we can solve the housing crisis. I ‘hope’ we can plant a billion trees. I ‘hope’ like hell that no one gets killed when we reopen the Pike River mine. That kind of ‘hope’? quote.

In the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) summit family photo, Ardern stands out. She’s one of only two female leaders, along with Aung San Suu Kyi. end quote.

Aah… who cares? Are there quotas there too? She is not exactly in great company. Aung San Suu Kyi is in trouble for largely ignoring the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in her own backyard. quote.

Ardern used the trip to raise the issue of women’s representation, as well as issues that plagued women and children across the Asia-Pacific region.

Papua New Guinea has no female MPs, and since gaining independence in 1975, the country has had seven female MPs. Globally, about 5 per cent of leaders are female. end quote.

In a country where only 13% of the population has access to electricity, might I suggest that there are far more pressing issues than the number of female MPs. quote.

New Zealand International Business Forum boss Stephen Jacobi said APEC’s voluntary and non-binding nature was its greatest strength and its greatest weakness.

Countries could use APEC as a place to try new things, develop new concepts, and exchange ideas.

While it took a while for APEC to deliver tangible results, it was a good way to focus on bigger picture issues – like inclusive trade and globalisation – at a high level.

“APEC sometimes gets a bad press for never delivering but it’s an important forum to have.” end quote.

Doesn’t that just sum up the modus operandi of this government? Let’s talk… let’s have a conversation…

We don’t actually achieve anything but let’s talk about it anyway.


Accountant. Boring. Loves tax. Needs to get out more. Loves the environment, but hates the Greens. Has been called a dinosaur. Wears it with pride.

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Audio: Hosking with Hipkins re free tertiary study

NewstalkZB news:

Listen to the audio here or click on the above image.

It turns out that it was all about stabilising the numbers. It had nothing to do with increasing the numbers.

Compare what is said in the above audio to what was said in this article by a newspaper.

“A sally is a sudden charge out of a besieged place against the enemy” Oxford Dictionary definition

To get to the truth sometimes a Sally must ensue.