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Canada, Australia & our Pacific neighbours support the United States & Israel but we stupidly do not

Last year the United Nations General Assembly resolution chastising Israel for provoking strife with the Palestinians by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel brought a warning response from the United States ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley.

Haley threatened to withdraw United States funding to the United Nations, also saying that they would “remember it when so many countries call on us, as they come calling on us to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.”

Donald Trump and US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley

The arrogance of New Zealand’s stance beggars belief. Flying in the face of the facts and the current impossibility of a two-state solution, (previously accepted by Israel but rejected time and again by the Palestinians) Jacinda Ardern maintains her “very clear position”. Quote. 

New Zealand supports a two-state solution. Some of the things that we saw by international actors like the United States recently, those are decisions that should only be made in the context of a resolution around a two-state solution. It took us backwards not forwards.” End of quote.

Once more into the fray but again on the wrong side, New Zealand supported the Palestinian faction in last week’s United Nations resolution criticising Israel for their handling of rioting at the Gaza border with subsequent loss of life. This report from the Israel Institute of NZ. Quote.

“Another emergency session against Israel was held to condemn Israel (while systematically turning a blind eye to the world’s worst perpetrators of gross and systematic violations of human rights) – this time the emergency session was over the Gaza riots. A resolution tabled by Algeria, Turkey, and the State of Palestine charging Israel with “excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force” while failing to mention Hamas or Islamic Jihad at all.

It is hard to fathom how Israel’s use of force can fairly be described as indiscriminate, considering that it has been revealed that over 80% of those killed in the Gaza border clashes were Hamas or Islamic Jihad operatives.” End of quote. 

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Cheating boys meet brain dead girls

 

In the United States, a male high school athlete competed on the boys’ team during the winter indoor track season but ran against the girls in State championships the following summer. It was allowed because he’s transgender. Quote.

In the CIAC State Open track and field championships last week, the transgender sophomore from Bulkeley High School in Hartford competed as a girl, the paper said — and absolutely crushed the competition.  Miller won the 100-meter dash in 11.72 seconds and took the 200-meter dash in 24.17 seconds — both meet record times, the CT Post reported. End of quote.

Terry Miller and another transgender, Andraya Yearwood, took the top two places in the girl’s 100-metre dash and Yearwood won that event the previous year.

This is death to the aspirations of female athletes.

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Kite warfare

The direction of the wind not only thwarted the kites, but also blew copious amounts of Israeli tear gas and smoke from the burning tires toward the protesters, chasing many away. Photo Credit Wissam Nassar for The New York Times

At war and can’t afford an armed drone? Use a flaming kite. Hamas has been sending hundreds of incendiary kites daily into Israel for the last month, successfully destroying fields and nature reserves, causing five million shekels worth of damage and the destruction of more than 6,000 acres of land close to the Gaza border.

Israel has now decided the Palestinians will pay for the losses to the communities and landowners caused by kite fires. Quote

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday instructed the head of the National Security Council, Meir Ben-Shabbat, to withhold payments to the PA to offset compensation that is to be paid to farmers in southern Israel. Widespread damage has been caused to their crops following wildfires that broke out last month, with damages estimated at five million shekels ($1.4 million), according to the Israeli Tax Authority. End of quote

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Hey, look at me doing my bit for the environment!

Politicians, greenies and anyone with an image to polish are driving electric cars to show how much they care about our environment.

Prince Harry whisked his new bride away in a classic 1968 E-type Jaguar roadster converted to an electric vehicle (EV).  A classic car enthusiast might have a hernia over such desecration, but how valid is the argument that money was well spent because the electric vehicle is environmentally friendly?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s electric Jaguar turned heads at the Royal Wedding Photo Credit Getty Contributor

In the first instance, it is truly obscene that so few discarded lithium-ion batteries are recycled. Quote.

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How convenient

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In late March the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) made the snap decision to cull healthy cows as well as cows infected with mycoplasma bovis on 38 ‘active’ infected properties. Wiping out their herds left dairy farmers on those properties in perilous financial freefall. With many heavily in debt and falling milk prices, the decision to confiscate cows was made without consultation, and with promises of compensation that, to date, have not all been kept.

Mary and Sarel Potgieter were sharemilkers on the Tainui farm in Morven until last year. After MPI seized and slaughtered all their cows, some diseased but most healthy, they are now destitute, living in a caravan in Australia, waiting for MPI to compensate them for the loss of their cows and their income. They regret alerting MPI to the disease.  Quote. Read more »

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Our ignorance of Palestinian jihad

Palestinian protestors react to tear gas

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“Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has condemned the “devastating one-sided loss of life” in Jerusalem after Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian protesters who opposed the opening of the US Embassy there.”  End of quote

Perhaps our prime minister would be less critical if the body count was 50/50, half Israeli and half Palestinian. It is not, and for this she blames Israel. She looks at the Palestinians with both eyes shut.

Like most of our media, she only sees what she wants to see, because the alternative is unpalatable. Also (of course), Ardern is fearful of getting offside with the United Nations, subdued by Arab nations’ bullying. Ardern is not at all concerned about offending Israel, or the United States, so she treats them with childish disdain.

Underlying the Palestinian land claim is their real goal, which is to completely annihilate Israel.

They do not hide this goal; it is plainly written for anyone who cares to look. It is in the founding document of Hamas and is the basis of their jihad.  Quote.

“The original Charter identified Hamas as the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine and declares its members to be Muslims who “fear God and raise the banner of Jihad in the face of the oppressors.”

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Must have one of these

A very clever South Island inventor is working on a device to float us up, up and away.

I absolutely must have one of these as it would knock 30 minutes each way off my daily work commute. Can you imagine taking off in your back yard, zooming up and over the traffic jams and landing serenely at work?

Not to mention the previously inaccessible beaches and fishing spots that would be yours for the taking at the weekend.

The KeA-PAC is the brainchild of Glenn Martin, also the inventor of the Martin Jetpack.  Quote

“Mr Martin said the new aircraft was the one he dreamed of decades ago as a student at the University of Otago.  ”You can roll it out, you strap into this thing and you hit the button and fly away.”

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Plastic fantastic or not, its your choice

I’d choose titanium over plastic any day if I had a choice for surgical reconstruction or organ support.

Unfortunately, New Zealand women who need bladder or gynaecological repair work don’t get that choice. There are very few options available for treating pelvic floor disorders, so we get plastic mesh.

Surgical Mesh Stock Photo Getty Images

Over the years there have been unwelcome complications from the surgery and allegations of dodgy plastic mesh from one supplier of surgical mesh, Boston Scientific.  Boston Scientific polypropylene-based (plastic) devices have been a mainstay in many medical procedures for more than 50 years, including hernia and tendon repair, sutures, and wound closure.

A  New Zealand website, Mesh Down Under, has gruesome stories of women with horrible complications from surgery using plastic mesh. It is enough to put anyone off before even looking at the number of ACC claims made. Quote

So far, at least 800 injury claims associated with the products have been lodged with ACC. Injury payouts have cost about $13 million. End of quote.

These 800 claims all relate to the use of surgical mesh but some claims will be the result of dodgy surgery. Of those 800 claims, only five can be identified as mesh supplied by Boston Scientific, as of two years ago.  We do not know if these claims are as a result of product malfunction or surgical error, so can surmise that the Boston Scientific product in New Zealand is relatively safe to use.

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Phil the super-mayor, super-hero and trail-blazer

These are the words of Auckland super-mayor Phil Goff when interviewed by Duncan Garner on the AM show Tuesday morning on the issue of Auckland inequality:

“We are all part of the problem and we are all part of the solutions”.

I’m scratching my head to work out exactly how we can all be part of the problem and also part of the solution. My experience is that people who are part of the problem are seldom part of the solution.

We do know, from the interview, that Phil is all about finding solutions for Auckland’s inequality. He says inequality exists between South Auckland and the rest of Auckland. So if you’re struggling and living in Te Atatu South or Hillcrest, or in fact anywhere that is not South Auckland, you’ll need to find another super-hero because Phil the super-mayor is only investing in South Auckland. If you’re white and living in Auckland you are tough out of luck.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff Photo Credit Newshub

Phil said he grew up in South Auckland after the Second World War when: Quote

“Everybody was employed, and having a home that you could afford was part of your birth right. That’s what our fathers and grandfathers went away and fought in the war for.” End of quote.

Those war veterans will need counselling when they discover they were lied to when they charged off to fight. They thought they were fighting to stop Pacific countries from being over run by the Japanese and European countries from falling to the Germans. There was no mention of affordable housing and this new information could put them into terminal decline. I certainly hope super-mayor Phil is available to help pick up the pieces.  Quote.

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Trump pokes the bear

The theory is, you don’t poke a sleeping bear because if you wake him he could tear you apart.

In this tale the bear is Iran, quietly sharpening his claws and filing his teeth as he ‘cross my heart and hope to die’ promises to honour Obama’s 2015 nuclear deal.  But no longer, because the proof is now out there that Iran has surreptitiously continued its uranium enrichment programmes when it promised not to.

Iranian Zelzal missile launch. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Last week Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released documents that set up the opportunity for Trump to declare United States withdrawal from the agreement and reintroduce sanctions against Iran and possibly the countries they trade with.  The Middle East must be squirming with all this information sharing between Israel and Trump.

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