Don’t want Gay wedding cakes? ” No stadium for you!”

Having the wrong kind of opinions these days is a terrible sin. A famous tennis star who had a stadium named after her exercised her freedom of choice and declared that she would no longer be flying QANTAS because of their stance on Gay marriage.

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Unsuitable for politics, says Rodney Hide

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You may have missed it but there was good news for Labour this week with their candidate Rohan Lord quitting the race for East Coast Bays.

No doubt Lord is talented and experienced but he well demonstrated he’s not for politics.

He quit because he was ranked 72 on Labour’s list. He put the boot in declaring there’s “no chance for white middle class men” in Labour.

He obviously overlooked Labour leader Andrew Little. And before him, David Cunliffe, David Shearer and Phil Goff. White middle class men have done very well in Labour in recent times.

Lord proved he’s not a team player. He quit because the team didn’t appreciate him enough and he kicked them on his way out. His ranking proved generous given his behaviour.

Labour is better off without him and Lord himself is better off out of it

The real problem is people like Lord make it into parliament care of the evil party list system.  This kind of petulance and self-importance drives a lot of these people.  Do you know who I am?   Read more »

National delivers 0.1 percent drop in climate pollution

A drop of merely 0.1 percent in climate pollution shows that the National Government is stalling on its commitments to tackle climate change in New Zealand.

Information released today by the Ministry for the Environment shows that in 2015 gross greenhouse gas emissions were 0.1 percent lower than in 2014.

This reduction was attributed to a fall in production resulting from drought and lower milk prices – not because of any proactive measures to reduce pollution. Read more »

Mental Health Break

You say Islamist I say Islamic

The difference between words that will get you fired and words that won’t are infinitesimal. If you reference genocide when you are angry at the House of Lords you will keep your job. If you reference it when you are angry at an Islamic terror attack in your country expect to lose your job. The word you put in front of the word terrorism is also fraught with danger. Use the word Islamic terror or Islamic terrorism and you are in big trouble but use the word Islamist instead and you are now acceptable.

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Map of the Day

Every Country/Territory that ends in the letter A

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An effing monorail? You have to be joking?

Looks like Christchurch is planning on joining Brockway, Ogdenville and North Haverbrook:

Christchurch has its first glimpse of what its new stadium could look like.

It is a video for a multi-use arena with facilities including exhibition and conference centre, cafes, bars, offices and hotels; sports-related features such as medical facilities, gym, sauna and high performance centre – even a monorail. It is just an idea, its creators say, but a vision for what the city could one day have.

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Auckland Council doesn’t have money to scratch its arse. And yet…

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In a world first, Auckland’s harbour bridge is to be decked out with permanent coloured lighting, powered completely by solar energy and batteries.

The multi-million dollar project is a partnership between Auckland Council and the power company Vector.

A total of 630 solar panels will be installed to power nearly 90,000 LED lights and 200 floodlights on the bridge. Read more »

Islam 101

When I came across this article I had to double check that it wasn’t satire. Here it is in full for your viewing pleasure. I suggest you amuse yourselves by counting either the direct lies or the lies of omission. One question, in particular, amuses me as they ask a direct question but obfuscate and do not answer it. It was a yes or no question! I have no idea which sect of Islam wrote this. Muhammad was a Warlord and converted people by the sword and took civilians as slaves so the pretence that Islam has nothing to do with bloodshed and violence insults our intelligence.

by Islamic Networks Group (ING.ORG)

In the course of our presentations and educational programs, we are frequently asked questions about Islam and its view on terrorism. Here are some of the most common questions and their answers:
1) What is the Islamic stand on terrorist attacks, such as those that took place in Madrid on March 11, 2004, NY on September 11, 2001, and repeated “suicide bombings” in Israel?

Terrorism is highly condemned in Islam. Terrorism, defined as the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes directly contradicts Islamic rules which prohibit targeting civilians, even in war. In Islamic law, fighting is to be between armies (combatants), not involving non-combatants, or even infrastructure that affects the lives of non-combatants, such as food sources, water, hospitals, roads, bridges, and other necessities of a civilian population. In fact, “haraba”, a Qur’anic term defined as “sowing corruption and chaos on earth”, is considered one of the most grievous crimes, subject to severe punishment.

2) Is there anything in the Quran, which encourages the terrorists?

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Photo of the Day

Six Dots

Louis Braille

How a tenacious boy created one of the most life-changing inventions in human history

Louis Braille was born near Paris, France on January 4th, 1809. At the age of three, he lost sight in his left eye due to an accident in his father’s workshop. A year later, an infection took his vision in his right eye as well.Six dots. Six bumps. Six bumps in different patterns, like constellations, spreading out over the page. What are they? Numbers, letters, words. Who made this code? None other than Louis Braille, a French 12-year-old, who was also blind. And his work changed the world of reading and writing, forever.

Braille would later attend the Royal Institute for Blind Children in Paris. There, he learned of a system used in the military known as “night writing” which allowed soldiers to communicate without light or speech. This system utilised 12 raised dots used to represent different sounds,

Intrigued, the young Braille adapted this system and created the modern Braille system as we know it today. The system has been adapted to most languages and it is still the most popular way for the blind to read.

“Communication is health; communication is truth; communication is happiness,” Virginia Woolf wrote in contemplating the elemental human need for communication. Indeed, a life deprived of that essential sustenance of the soul, whatever form it may take, is a life of unthinkable tragedy.

In the first few weeks of 1809, three baby boys were born who changed the course of history: Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth President of the United States; Charles Darwin, British father of the theory of evolution; and Louis Braille, the French inventor of a means of literacy for blind people worldwide. Unlike Lincoln and Darwin, Braille’s genius is little known outside his native land, except among those who have been touched by his gift of literacy.

No cultural hero has delivered more people of that tragedy than Louis Braille (January 4, 1809–January 6, 1852).

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