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The political manipulation of our children

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I like to keep abreast of the US news for two reasons. Firstly because I lived there for several years and secondly because I?m a Trump supporter. Therefore, this headline caught my eye. quote.

Parents sue Portland Public Schools claiming gun control rallies ?indoctrinated students’.

[?] Four pro-2nd Amendment parents are suing Portland Public Schools (PPS) over gun control rallies. Their lawyer, Multnomah County GOP chair James Buchal, says the district violated parents’ and students’ First Amendment rights by promoting gun control following last year’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida. ?It?s wrong for the schools to essentially hijack public resources to push one side of a controversial issue and to misuse children as puppets in their exercise,” said Buchal [?] end quote.

This was starting to sound familiar. It was only last week that school children in New Zealand took time off school to protest about climate change. While some schools discouraged it, others supported them to do this as did several members of parliament. quote.

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First, they came for the anti-vaccine movement

Remember when the web was an open space in which you could say what you wanted to say? That web is being asphyxiated by a small handful of corporations. Most people are happy to use Facebook or a similar service, thereby surrendering their independence. These services are free, but only if users abide by the rules of Silicon Valley.

Big Tech colluded to penalise American conservatives on Facebook and Twitter, then they banned Alex Jones and now they have announced that they’ll remove any posts about vaccinations that are deemed to be misinformation. Who else will be de-platformed?

Facebook says

  • It’ll no longer allow ads “that include misinformation about vaccinations”
  • Advertisers will no longer be able to target adverts at people interested in topics like ‘vaccine controversies’
  • Pages and groups that spread lies and hoaxes about vaccines won’t show up in searches or recommendations
  • Anti-vaxxer content will no longer show up on Instagram’s Explore section or its hashtag pages.
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Gaza: Prison or the new Hong Kong?

Disclaimer: The writer has never been to Gaza nor Hong Kong and relies on reports and information presented by others that are all available on the Internet for anyone to check out for themselves.

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Both countries have large population densities, places for rich and poor, and a tourist trade.

Israelis living in Gaza left in August 2005 in a ?disengagement? plan by Prime Minister Sharon. This plan was to solve a demographic issue arising from a single state and it was also seen as putting on hold the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Although there was compensation some were forcibly evicted. The UN considers that the Gaza Strip is under military occupation by Israel but that is disputed. However the IDF controls 6 of the 7 land crossings, the air and maritime space, and Gaza is dependent on Israel for water, electricity, and other utilities. Rulers of Gaza maintain a hostile attitude, sometimes with each other (Hamas and Fatah) but mainly with Israel. Rocket fire from the Gaza Strip began in 2001 (hence the blockade after disengagement) and around 20,000 rockets have hit southern Israel by August 2014.

The West Bank wall stopped suicide bombing by Palestinian protestors entering Israel and it is likely that the Gazan border control works like that as well. The above is a very short summary as I see it.

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Dealing to the Absurd with Counter Absurdity

As promised in my last piece ?A Social Construct??what follows is a lighter side to the attack on our social constructs to cheer you up after what was a bit of a depressing piece. Here are a few ideas on how to deal with the absurd with counter absurdity.

As I see it when a social construct is dismantled and either replaced or left undefined it provides opportunities for ridicule and absurdity.? I alluded to this in my last piece when I mused that I could gender identify as a Black Hawk Helicopter.? Seems a bit absurd but that is exactly what is happening. Not just Attack Helicopters but whatever takes your fancy.? It might be a piss take, but knowing this world there will be people who are deadly serious about how they identify no matter how absurd it might appear to others.

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A social construct

Guest Post:

When I went to university there was a concept referred to in practically every course I took.? That concept was to describe institutions, customs, and the general underpinnings of our society as ?social constructs.? I didn?t have a problem with that. It seemed obvious to me that humans have over thousands of years developed structures by which to order society and that these structures also vary from culture to culture. These structures are not inherently natural but are created or constructed by society to provide some sort of order. Good.

However, at university the focus was generally only on the social constructs that academia disliked and that were referred to as social constructs ? the institution of marriage, gender binary classification, particular laws, anything to do with Christianity, etc ? other social constructs were probably recognised as social constructs but rarely referred to as such. Other social constructs that were acceptable (to the academics) were largely ignored.

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It Was The 2008 Election Winston! Let it Go

You may recall the Vogels advert where the guy is talking about his missus burning his Vogels toast.? She is in the background and says ?It was a year ago Michael, Let it go.?? It seems to me Winnie has not got over the 2008 election and is now trying to exact Utu.? He needs to let it go, build a bridge and get over it.

As expected (by me at least) once Winston had secured the baubles of office we would hear very little from him and he would quietly go about his portfolio business and be loyal to the coalition. And by and large, that is what has happened.

I was a little surprised as I was glued to my TV screen mesmerised by Waitangi Day celebrations [sarcasm] to see Winston pop up and be interviewed on Air New Zealand bringing Barack Obama to New Zealand.? What the? What has that got to do with Waitangi Day?? Why would Winston even entertain engaging with the media, it is head down bum up and keep a low profile, unless of course, Winston instigated the interview?

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Friday Feline – Good Catholic Cats ( and no it isn?t what you think)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aVkJzibhPE

Wednesday Weapons – AGS30, automatic grenade launcher

Theological Tuesday

Manly Monday – Rock Bouncers…winning, and not so much.

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