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Potential terrorists to get preferential treatment in the UK

From the believe it or not files, the UK Government plans to fight terrorism by wrapping potential jihadis in a nice big fluffy bundle of support.  The Independent reports:  Quote.

Government plans to give jihadis council houses and other support as part of de-radicalisation programmes have been welcomed as “overdue” by terror experts.

Right-wing commentators have branded the proposals, codenamed Operation Constrain, as “beyond sick” and accused authorities of seeking to bribe extremists.

But analysts say there is an urgent need to coordinate police, intelligence, mental health and social work for thousands of potential threats who are known to authorities but cannot be jailed.

They include the 20,000 extremists who have appeared on the security services’ radars but are not deemed to be a sufficient risk for round-the-clock surveillance – the category that Westminster attacker Khalid Masood, Manchester bomber Salman Abedi and London Bridge ringleader Khuram Butt fell into.

The growing pool will be joined by former Isis members returning from the group’s shrinking territories in Syria and Iraq.  End of quote.

Here’s an idea, how about you just deny them entry to the UK?  Quote: Read more »

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Bay of Plenty Oilers: November gathering

Attention Bay of Plenty Oilers, there will be another catch up in November for anyone interested.

HookerPhil will be joining the get together in his red and black jersey, so if you have any tips for the Cantabrian that you’d like to pass on in person, this is your chance!

Date: Tuesday 27th November from 5.30pm.

Place:  Latitude Bar, Mt Maunganui.

If anyone is interested in meeting up, please email events at whaleoil.co.nz (with BOP in the subject line) and I can put you in touch with the group on the night.

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

– Martin Luther King

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Auckland Pride jumps the shark and ‘bans’ Police uniform at Pride Parade

I bet the Police are glad they went to so much trouble and expense to be ‘inclusive’ and have a gay Police car because it seems ‘inclusiveness’ is a one way street for the Auckland Pride organisers.  This from Stuff:   Quote:

Police will not be taking part in Auckland’s Pride Parade in February – because they say they have been banned from wearing their uniforms.  Instead, the Pride Festival board told officers they must wear T-shirts instead of their uniforms, says Inspector Tracy Phillips. […]  End of quote.

Umm… excuse me?  Quote:

[…] A spokesperson for the Auckland Pride Board said there was “goodwill towards the NZ Police” but that they did not “currently meet the degree of safety and awareness of intersectionality required by our rainbow communities“.  End of quote.

This is beyond a joke.  Auckland Pride has truly jumped the shark on this and lost any goodwill that may have been fostered to date.  On the one hand, they demand inclusiveness, while on the other they dictate that the police be excluded, because … well because …. police don’t meet their arbitrary standards.

I bet when they dial 111 and ask for the Police, they won’t be complaining too loud when the officers turn up in uniform and put their lives on the line to protect them.  Quote:

According to Phillips, the NZ Police had reached out to the board to find out what the force could improve on.  “We had said to the organisers, come to us and tell us what we can do better – but no one’s come back to us.”  End of quote.

Well, I wouldn’t be wringing my hands in despair about that. In fact, I hope the Police round up as many officers as they can, in uniform, and attend the parade anyway, just to make a point.

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Nice try Simon, but we’re not ‘moving on’

I didn’t know very much about Simon Bridges when he was chosen to lead the National party a few months ago, so I started with a clean slate and took a ‘wait and see” approach to whether Simon was the right person to have as leader.  He fell short against my measure for a number of things from the beginning, but I was prepared to allow some lee-way while he found his feet and established his role as leader.  I’m not patient, and by my measure, he needed to do it quickly, because you either have leadership qualities or you don’t.

There were a few missteps along the way, but the final straw that removed the last vestiges of any thought that he might ‘do’ as leader of the National Party has been his treatment of Jami-Lee Ross and the as yet un-named MP that Ross had an affair with.  This was the MP that sent the appallingly nasty text to Mr Ross, as published previously on Whaleoil, that is potentially in breach of the Harmful Digital Communication Act.

Jami-Lee Ross faced accusations of harassment without being given details so that he could respond, was accused of leaking the travel expense details, which he denies, and was publicly embarrassed by Simon Bridges for taking leave to deal with personal issues.  Yet to date, we have had no information at all on what actions have been taken with respect to the MP that sent the revolting text message to Mr Ross.  That MP has been able to hide, without being named, with no embarrassing announcements about the personal leave that she recently took.  It seems that there is one rule for this female MP, and another for Jami-Lee Ross.   Read more »

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Hawera: any oilers keen to catch up?

Our very own roving oiler HookerPhil will be in Hawera on 13th November and is keen to catch up with any oilers in the district.  He has arranged to have a coffee with a couple of locals, and anyone else in the area is welcome to join them.

Where: Marracbo Café, 17 Union Street Hawera

When: Tuesday 13th November 11:30 am

The café is near the Countdown carpark, so there will be added entertainment in watching how many green baskets go out the door.

If you wish to join the group, you can email me: events at whaleoil.co.nz (with Hawera in the subject line) and I can put you in touch with the group on the day.

 

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Charity boxing: The risk is high

via Sky Sport UK

Over the years we have seen all sorts of innovative ways to raise money and awareness for various different charities.  It’s currently Movember, and men have stopped shaving their upper lip to raise awareness about men’s health issues.  It’s a good cause, and a safe, risk-free way to earn a few bucks.  A little gentle ribbing from colleagues for the less hirsute amongst us.  At the other end of the scale, amateurs are prepared to get into the boxing ring to raise money.

On Saturday evening, Kain Parsons took part in a charity boxing event that was raising money for Conductive Education, a charity that supports the schooling of children with developmental delays and motor disorders.  Kain was injured during his bout and rushed to the hospital.  He has since died as a result of his injuries.

Kain’s death is a tragedy for his wife and three children.  How could a good deed go so badly wrong?

Understandably, questions are now being asked about the safety of charity boxing, and whether other precautions are needed to prevent a similar tragedy occurring.

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California shooting: 12 dead

There has been a shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.

At around 11pm local time (8pm Thursday NZ time) a man killed a security guard outside, then entered the bar and continued shooting, killing a further 11 people.

More details can be found on StuffQuote: Read more »

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US Midterm election debate

Good morning readers, this is an extra Midterm election debate for y’all to discuss and debate the results of the US Midterm elections.

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US Midterm election debate – Updated

Good afternoon readers, this is an extra Midterm election debate for y’all to discuss and debate the results of the US Midterm elections.

Polling booths are closing across the country and results are starting to come in.

What are your predictions ?

Updated with link to the results chart.

Thanks to our commenter ‘The Big Think’ for suggesting the link.

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

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Hawera: Any oilers keen to catch up?

Our very own roving oiler HookerPhil will be in Hawera on 13th November and is keen to catch up with any oilers in the district.  He has arranged to have a coffee with a couple of locals, and anyone else in the area is welcome to join them.

Where: Marracbo Café, 17 Union Street Hawera

When: Tuesday 13th November 11:30 am

Read more »

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

– Martin Luther King

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