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Rodney Hide on optics and heartlessness

Rodney Hide writes about the poor optics and apparent heartlessness of the government: Quote:

One of the many things Stephen Joyce did for the previous government was to manage “the optics.” To have a proposal deemed “bad optics” was its death knell.

The “optics” are how the public perceives a policy or decision. It’s the headline or takeout. It’s what’s grumbled about at smoko. It doesn’t have to be true or even reasonable. It’s just how the thing looks.

If there is someone questioning “the optics” in the present government, they’re doing a woeful job. “The optics” for this government have been uniformly bad. The nurses’ nationwide strike is a case in point.

Did the nurses have a similar strike nationwide during the “harsh, cold” Bolger/Shipley years? No. How about through the “neo-liberal” Key/English years? No.

So how does it look to have the nurses strike nationwide less than a year into the new government’s tenure? It looks bad. “The optics” are shocking. It might be unfair and unreasonable but in saying no to the nurses’ demands the new government looks more heartless and uncaring than previous governments. That’s “the optics.” End quote.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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Face of the day

Tanyalee Davis is an award-winning comedian who bases much of her comedy on her experiences

Today’s face of the day is an award-winning comedian who bases much of her comedy on her experiences. I hope she can turn this tale into a joke because it wasn’t at all funny for her at the time.

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If you agree with me that’s nice, but what I really want to achieve is to make you question the status quo, look between the lines and do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.

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Daily proverb

Proverbs 19

23 Fear of the Lord leads to life,
bringing security and protection from harm.

He is becoming more conservative as he ages and isn’t sure if it is due to the wisdom that comes from life’s hard-earned experience, or intolerance of what passes for humanity these days.

Free Speech Coalition files proceedings against Goff and Auckland Council

The Free Speech Coalition has now filed proceedings against Mayor Goff and Auckland Council under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act.

This came after the Coalition presented the Mayor with an open letter suggesting he avoid the cost of litigation by reopening discussions with the promoters of the event in question.

The open letter outlined:

  • The Council declined to discuss security concerns with organisers or Police prior to Phil Goff’s tweet.
  • There was no time pressure justification for the Council’s sudden, uninformed decision.
  • So far no privately-owned venues in Auckland have been found to be available or suitable in such a short time frame.
  • In Australia, all but one of the venues hosting the speakers are owned by local councils or state government. There is no reason for Auckland to be an outlier.
  • The Council has left the Coalition with no other option but to seek urgent judicial relief.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

Sticks and stone series: Racist slurs and nicknames for the Germans

Adolf reference to Hitler.

Bazi means loveable crook. Pronounced “baht-see”

Boche short for “alcaboche” or cabbage-head.

Blockhead  (My Dad who had German grandparents heard the insult boof head a lot in his family)

Bosch

Boxhead

Chleuh From the name of the Chleuh, a North African ethnicity — a term with racial connotations.

Fischkopf “Fish-head” used by southern Germans for northern Germans

Fritz
The nickname was originally created during World War I, but it did not find common use until World War II.Russians in WWII called Germans Fritzes, a common German name in those days (short for Friedrich). 

Germ

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NZ media provides no context for Israel’s reaction

A reader e-mailed me yesterday morning to tell me that they had read on a New Zealand media site that Israel had struck at Gaza but failed to mention that it was in response to TWO HUNDRED rockets sent into Israel over the last weekend by Hamas!

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France celebrates World Cup win

We’ve been having a few discussions on this blog recently about the benefits of multiculturalism. Winston says he is against it. Chris Bishop is apparently all for it. Some of the comments at the time of the win showed that people thought that multiculturalism was a significant factor in France’s victory and that if the Croatians had adopted a more diverse immigration policy, then they might have won the Cup in the end.

So, the French celebrated their win on the streets of Paris in true Gallic style.

Or maybe, more accurately, Somali style.  The Express UK reports: Quote:

Celebrations turned to chaos in  with riots and looting as millions of French fans had been celebrating their team’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in the World Cup final.

More than 500 people were arrested during the evening after the win and around 100,000 police officers were out on the streets as well as 44,000 firefighters.

In the southeast city of Annecy, police reported a 50-year-old man died after breaking his neck when he jumped into a shallow canal in celebration of the French victory.

Around 845 cars were vandalised during the evening’s violence.

Journalists were attacked in the northern French city of Rouen after they refused to delete a video of a violent attack and had to be treated by medical professionals.

In the French capital a bar was vandalised and thirty young people wearing ski masks ransacked a shop in the Champs-Elysées while smiling and filming themselves with cellphones.

The riots spread from the famous Arc de Triomphe to other parts of Paris.

As the revellers gradually left the popular avenue, police used water cannons to disperse the remaining people at around 11.30pm local time.

French journalist for Le Figaro, Paul Carcenac, tweeted: “Clashes between thugs who throw bottles and CRS.

“People flee through the adjacent streets.”

The celebrations spread across the nation and in Lyon a group of youths was also seen destroying street furniture, setting alight rubbish bins and attacking the police.

In Lyon there were clashes between police and 100 young people who had managed to climb on top of a police car at an open-air showing of the match in the centre of the city.

In Frouard, a town outside Nancy, a three-year-old boy and two six-year-old girls were injured after they were hit by a motorbike during the celebrations.

Tear gas was used in order to control them.

The footage that emerged from Marseille showed rioting youths vandalising a bus and starting fires in the street.

In the city of Grenoble, people were throwing objects at police officers who responded by firing tear gas.

Bins were burned, windows of bus shelters broken and 30 cars were overturned.

Talking of France’s success in the World cup, French football fan Goffrey Hamsik said: “It represents enormous things.

“We’ve had lots of problems in France these past years, this is good for the morale. here, we are all united. We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that’s what feels good.” End quote.

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Accountant. Boring. Loves tax. Needs to get out more. Loves the environment, but hates the Greens. Has been called a dinosaur. Wears it with pride.

What has Iceland got that we don’t have?

Iceland has scenery with grandeur, challenge and accessibility and so does New Zealand. We too can walk (with care) in high places. But so often we find visitors frequenting our great outdoors more than we New Zealanders do.

What has Iceland got that we don’t have?

We don’t have:

  • A team in the world cup
  • A curfew for youngsters (8pm for under twelve-year-olds and 10 pm for 13-16-year-olds in winter)
  • A plan for our youth that replaces drugs with common sense activities including plenty of sport.

The World Cup this year prompted me to review the changes experienced by Iceland over the last twenty years. In the World Cup Iceland frustrated Argentina the previous cup winners, to a 1-1 draw but both have not made it to the finals.

In Euro 2016, Iceland defeated England who (as I write this) may well win this tournament. Iceland has a population of only 330,000. What has been going on? Few will know its success story.

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Are you an Islamophobe?

counter arguments

When you talk about Islam with non-Muslims, they are likely to ask you if you are an Islamophobe.

A good all-purpose response to any objection you get is to ask them how they learned about Islam as that question is likely to reveal to both of you how little the other knows about Islam which is a good place to start.

New Zealand’s population needs to know the basics of Islamic supremacism.

You can help. You have a sphere of influence. It may be fifty people; it may be one hundred. Whatever it is you can be more effective at teaching your fellow non-Muslims some basic facts about Islam.

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