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A fight to the political death

Some months ago, the National party made their intentions clear to Jami-Lee Ross that his political career with them was over.  Ross calls this his “falling out” with Bridges.

Was it arrogance, or carelessness, or simply weak leadership that the National Party did not finish Ross off at the time?

Instead they let him live, politically speaking, but took out a flimsy insurance policy by collating a dossier on his inappropriate behaviour with female colleagues, which they let loose this week.

The insurance policy was too little, too late because Ross had already been given all the time in the world to retreat and plan his retaliation, while his opponents paid scant attention to their strategy for his political demise. As far as they were concerned, he was already dead and buried.

As an aside, both leaders of our major political parties, Bridges and Ardern, are complete muppets in their assessment of Donald Trump, who is arguably a brilliant strategist known for chopping his opponents off at the knees, especially those standing right next to him.  Neither of our political leaders understands the importance of strategic or succession planning, which is why both of them lurch along from one personnel crisis to the next.

But back to the matter at hand; several more political careers in the National party will end, either with a bang or a whimper from the back benches because, like it or not, the fight between Ross, Bridges and Bennett is a political fight to the death.

When Ross complained about being abandoned, Bridges allegedly threatened him with the insurance policy, telling Ross that complaints about his inappropriate behaviour would escalate from four to 15 women.

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The subject evoked in the collage is the debating of political issues with friends in a public place

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It’s okay to cover up or be complicit in a criminal act

Over half the respondents in the recent Whaleoil poll said that they thought taping a conversation was worse than either covering up a crime or being complicit in it.

This is a staggering result which begs the question, have over half of us lost our moral compass?

Or are we so swayed by political bias that we simply compromise our morality to accommodate our political bias when we pass judgement?

Moral compass

 

Surely being aware of an illegal act and doing nothing about it, or even worse being complicit in criminal behaviour, is infinitely worse than legally taping a conversation in order to expose a crime?

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The subject evoked in the collage is the debating of political issues with friends in a public place

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Glass and bottle of Suze (after 18 November 1912)
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To read my previous articles click on my name in blue.

We swapped energy self sufficiency for climate change flag waving

Just where did this short-sighted government think we were going to source our power from when they shut the door on oil and gas exploration and alerted the mining industry that their neck was also on the chopping block?

Refer Whaleoil “Rat on the green party menu” for a warning from the mining industry on importing products from third world countries that don’t engage in ethical or safe mining practices.

Effectively, we become environmental parasites, happy to accept products from countries indulging in unethical practices while we wave the flag of environmental purity.  Pure hypocrisy.

Unfortunately, our government made its decision to pursue a nebulous climate change agenda and to shut down our established and potential oil, gas and mining industries.

Huntly Power Station on the banks of the Waikato river

Now a newspaper reports that Genesis Energy Chief Executive Marc England warns Genesis is running out of fuelQuote.

We are close to pushing the button on some coal imports because we need to keep our stocks up at Huntly so that we can keep the lights on.

Genesis Energy is looking at importing coal as it grapples with a tight wholesale electricity market and a shortage of gas.” End of quote.

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The subject evoked in the collage is the debating of political issues with friends in a public place

Pablo Picasso
Glass and bottle of Suze (after 18 November 1912)
pasted paper, gouache and charcoal

To read my previous articles click on my name in blue.

Dog rape culture

Three intellectuals with a self-proclaimed “left political identity” pretended to be feminist activists and wrote 20 bogus papers.  Some were submitted and published in top publications in the fields of gender studies, sociology and critical theory.   Quote. 

One paper included an investigation into whether ‘transhysteria’ means men rarely insert objects into their bottoms while another advocated chaining up white male college students.” End of quote.

A paper titled “Human reactions to rape culture and queer performativity at urban dog parks in Portland Oregan” argued that pet owners were less likely to interfere when male dogs non-consensually humped female dogs than animals of the same sex.

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The subject evoked in the collage is the debating of political issues with friends in a public place

Pablo Picasso
Glass and bottle of Suze (after 18 November 1912)
pasted paper, gouache and charcoal

To read my previous articles click on my name in blue.

Will we see child marriage here under Islam?

We are sometimes flippant about the effect of Islam in NZ, but our Muslim population is increasing so we need to be vigilant about identifying abusive practices such as child marriage.

Whaleoil reported on New Zealand’s Muslim history and population growth: quote.

The number of Muslims in New Zealand according to the 2013 census is 46,149, up 28% from 36,072 in the 2006 census.  It will be interesting to see the numbers once the 2018 figures are released.” End of quote.

A shocking report on Turkey by Uzay Bulut for Gatestone claims that Islam is responsible for the worst abuses of girls and young women, and it is the authorities who are hiding the abuse.

One of the disturbing facts about Islam is that the Muslim religion always takes precedence over civil law.

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The subject evoked in the collage is the debating of political issues with friends in a public place

Pablo Picasso
Glass and bottle of Suze (after 18 November 1912)
pasted paper, gouache and charcoal

To read my previous articles click on my name in blue.

We have to monitor our migrant employers

Discussion on migrants can raise strong reactions depending on our experience of them.  There are two sides to the migrant story and this one is about how migrants are exploited here in New Zealand.

A common thread to migrant complaints about exploitation is that it is often carried out by fellow migrants.

There have been two stories in the press over the last week.  A half-intelligent person could surmise that the abuse is on the rise. Neither story specifies the nationality of the offenders, but the offenders’ names indicate that they are probably fellow migrants.

Migrants gravitate toward fellow countrymen for work when they are not fluent enough in English to get a job themselves; but they become a prime target for exploitation when they don’t understand New Zealand employee rights.

Arriving at Auckland airport

Phillipino Lino Viloria worked for 3ML owner Roderick Laus for six months when he and six other migrant workers, backed by New Zealander Thomas Shepherd, got in touch [with Newsroom] after they became frustrated with the Labour Inspectorate.

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The subject evoked in the collage is the debating of political issues with friends in a public place

Pablo Picasso
Glass and bottle of Suze (after 18 November 1912)
pasted paper, gouache and charcoal

To read my previous articles click on my name in blue.

Maybe Lorde can offer to pay their fine?

Palestinian BDS activist Nadia Abu-Shanab Jewish BDS activist Justine Sachs-Whaleoil

The Jerusalem Post reported on the Jerusalem Magistrate Court’s ruling that two Kiwi activists who were influential in convincing Lorde to cancel her Tel Aviv concert planned for June this year should pay damages to three Israeli ticket holders.  Quote.

[…] two New Zealand Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists must pay damages totaling NIS 45,000  [NZ$18,994] for their role in the cancellation of a scheduled Lorde concert in Tel Aviv.” End of quote.

The two Kiwi activists are Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab. They encouraged Lorde to support the 2011 Economic terrorism campaign against Israel by the far-left organisation known as BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions). They wrote to her saying that “playing in Tel Aviv will be seen as giving support to the policies of the Israeli government.”

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The subject evoked in the collage is the debating of political issues with friends in a public place

Pablo Picasso
Glass and bottle of Suze (after 18 November 1912)
pasted paper, gouache and charcoal

To read my previous articles click on my name in blue.

Child discipline is not the same as child abuse

Statistics confirm that we have a predilection to beat our kids. Quote.

New Zealand, which has a population a 4.47 million, has one of the highest rates of child abuse in the developed world. It also has one of the worst rates of child death by maltreatment within the family.

NZ Police respond to one ‘family violence’ call every seven minutes. Police say that in 60% of domestic violence cases children are also being abused and indications are that in a similar percentage of child abuse cases there is also domestic violence occurring.

An international survey found that one in four New Zealand girls is sexually abused before the age of 15, the highest rate of any country examined” End of quote. 

Some experts claim that poverty is the reason for child abuse and that increasing benefits will result in decreased child abuse. This is rubbish. There are good reasons for dragging families out of poverty but stopping child abuse is not one of them, because it won’t.

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Plenty of families who live in poverty do not, and never would, abuse their children and the parent or caregiver who tortures babies and children is not going to change their appalling behavior simply because they receive more money.

In our enthusiasm to curb child abuse, we have lumped child abuse and child discipline together, but in fact they are totally different. Lightly smacking a child to discipline them is not child abuse.  It is more abusive to ignore your child and neglect enforcing the boundaries that keep them safe and sociable.

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The subject evoked in the collage is the debating of political issues with friends in a public place

Pablo Picasso
Glass and bottle of Suze (after 18 November 1912)
pasted paper, gouache and charcoal

To read my previous articles click on my name in blue.

Why we should NOT be a poster child for climate change

Climate change enthusiasts keep rolling out more and more silly and speculative ideas for politicians with a vested interest in staying in office who are happy to endorse them.

But climate change advocates keep changing the finish line. Now we have to aim for a completely unrealistic national target of less than a 1.5% temperature increase to keep the dire effects of global warming at bay.

All this finger-wagging and nagging assumes that we actually buy into the climate change argument and desperately want to make the changes required to reduce our carbon footprint. But do we?

There are some very compelling arguments for discarding climate change proposals altogether, and here are some of them:

Image Credit Getty

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The subject evoked in the collage is the debating of political issues with friends in a public place

Pablo Picasso
Glass and bottle of Suze (after 18 November 1912)
pasted paper, gouache and charcoal

To read my previous articles click on my name in blue.

Tax the rich to fund welfare

A welfare dependent person probably thinks everybody who works for their living is rich. Being rich is a relative term and anyone on an income higher than the work and income payments is probably not rich.  Quote.

Paraha was one of about 80 people who went along to share their views at a public consultation in Māngere, south Auckland, hosted by the Government’s welfare expert advisory group.” End of quote.

South Auckland woman Kathleen Paraha was among the people who went along to the Government’s welfare expert advisory group public consultation in Māngere East today. Image credit Chris Harrowell

Paraha holds a placard demanding the removal of all constraints to welfare and signs off with “tax the rich, fund welfare.” This was aimed at the government’s welfare expert advisory group who are travelling the country meeting with beneficiaries.

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The subject evoked in the collage is the debating of political issues with friends in a public place

Pablo Picasso
Glass and bottle of Suze (after 18 November 1912)
pasted paper, gouache and charcoal

To read my previous articles click on my name in blue.