Why isn’t this school named, it is clear there is a systemic problem

Name suppression can be an evil thing, especially when it involves three teachers, inappropriate relationships and it is all at one school:

Parents are worried about their children’s safety after a spate of inappropriate relationships between teachers and students at a high school.

The school’s name is suppressed after the New Zealand Teachers’ Tribunal ruled publicity could put students at risk.

The sweeping suppression orders also prevent Stuff from naming the teachers and the sources quoted.

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So, that new pope, that was going to clean the Catholic Church up…

Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that the Vatican has a 2,000-case backlog in processing clerical sex abuse cases and says criticism of the slow pace was justified. But he says more staff are being added and insists the Vatican is “on the right path.”

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Mental Health Break

You can’t fix the problem if you aren’t allowed to talk about it

In the West, we are seeing governments, organisations and activist groups put more time and effort into policing what people say about problems than the problems themselves. One example is the reaction to Whaleoil’s political cartoon about the death of little Moko.

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Map of the Day

Fuel crisis, what fuel crisis?

The fuel crisis in Auckland appears to be over.

Trucks have successfully transported small amounts of jet fuel to Auckland Airport following the shortage crisis – but a big refill is on the way.

Refining NZ spokesperson Greg McNeill said tanker MV Matuku is loading at Marsden Point, and will depart tomorrow morning.

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2017: The Big Wet

I remember the climate scientists telling us that Global Warming (aka Climate Change) would bring increasing amounts of droughts.

Some of us have had enough of 2017.  Lakes are overflowing, pasture is sodden, market gardeners have their crops rotting away.

In a year of extreme rainfall amounts, a MetService meteorologist is describing 2017 as “the year it didn’t stop raining”.

Waikato and Bay of Plenty rainfall are already at record levels, and extreme rainfall levels are being recorded across the north and east of the North Island, and along the eastern South Island.

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Mel Brooks mourns the erosion of free speech through the loss of free comedy

(Yes, the video works)

If anybody knows how to be politically incorrect and play it for huge laughs, it’s Mel Brooks. His irreverent comedies, with frequent use of the dreaded N-word, and racial stereotypes such as in his 1974 film Blazing Saddles, are unstoppable classics. But Brooks believes there’s no way Hollywood would ever green-light another comedy like his western parody. The legendary producer/filmmaker predicts a bleak future for the genre.

Brooks said our “stupidly politically correct society is the death of comedy,” according to the British paper The Telegraph,

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Photo of the Day

David Livingstone, holding a gun, attacked by a lion. Livingstone had his uvula ( the dangly bit in throat) removed in an operation called a uvulopalatopharyngectomy. Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images

Boy Wonder

Dr Livingstone, I presume?

– Henry Morton Stanley 

There are many extraordinary and inspiring stories about Dr David Livingstone. Livingstone was one of the greatest European explorers of Africa, whose opening up the interior of the continent contributed to the ‘Scramble for Africa’.

Livingstone wrote that several African tribes ostracised their members for farting in the presence of strangers. Livingstone (1813-73) was an enthusiastic Scottish missionary, although not particularly successful: he only ever managed to convert one African, a chieftain who lapsed shortly afterwards due to ‘the temptations of polygamy’.
When Livingstone’s mission was closed, he began an exploration of inner Africa. He discovered the Victoria Falls and was searching for the source of the Nile when he lost contact with the outside world for more than five years, prompting Henry Morton Stanley to set out in search of him.
Livingstone suffered from ill health and, even after Stanley found him, he was never well enough to travel home to Scotland. He died of malaria and internal bleeding caused by dysentery in 1873.

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Bloody whinging poms…and teachers to boot!

These two whinging poms are also teachers:

Two British teachers hired to help fill Auckland’s desperate teacher shortage are warning other foreign teachers not to come because of the bureaucratic obstacles to recognising overseas qualifications and experience.

Andrew Yiallouros, 38, and Daniel Healy, 48, started at Auckland Normal Intermediate School in July.

Both have quit in frustration after battling four agencies for months to get their qualifications and years of teaching service recognised, and being paid only the “unqualified” rate of $32,456 a year in the meantime.

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