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Face of the day

PHOTO: Golriz was part of the team that defended singer and songwriter Bikindi who was accused and later convicted of inciting genocide.

Today’s face of the day Green list MP Golriz Ghahraman has falsely accused Israel of committing genocide against Palestinian Arabs. Considering that she happily defended a man who incited real genocide in Rwanda and took a selfie with him I am surprised that she cares about fake genocide.

What is really shocking is the weak Jewish leadership in New Zealand as illustrated by the New Zealand Holocaust centre. They have a speech from Ghahraman published on their website and they have not come out publicly to condemn her for her genocide libel.

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Is it time to ask the High Court for a judicial review?

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Many Oilers have queried whether the decision by the Prime Minister to say “There will be no further offshore oil and gas exploration permits granted” can be challenged in any way.

It seems that there may be a possible process and that is a Judicial review. Quote: Read more »

In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old, white, male. WH enjoys exercising the white male privilege, that Whaleoil provides for him, to write the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing.  WH also enjoys his MG.

What are these two up to?

They aren’t talking knitting patterns for babies booties or how to keep the home fires burning while they’re off doing the really important stuff.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo: AFP

But one thing they do have in common is that they were both recently elected by the skin of their teeth.

Ardern is a newbie unexpectedly thrust into a leadership role she wasn’t actively pursuing, and Merkel is a four-term political veteran dangling over a cliff but still managing to hang on by her fingernails.

We can thank Germany for the Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system we’ve been lumbered with and which is responsible for their privileged positions.

Germany adopted MMP in 1949 but over 70 years later German voters still struggle to understand how it works.  We probably never will either, but we’ve just had a crash course in how voters have absolutely no say in what happens after the election when our political parties made whatever deals took their fancy behind closed doors.

Goodbye voters, you’ve had your say, now we will do just what we want whether you like it or not and we will do it without taking any responsibility for our actions.  The promised coalition agreement document won’t see the light of day because of its broken pre-election promises.   Is this slide into mediocrity what New Zealand is all about?

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Suze aka Sue Sangster is an avid reader, writer and aspiring novelist with a green thumb.

Photoshop of the day by Luke

Credit: Luke

Luke emigrated from the UK to NZ over 10 years ago, ironically because he was concerned about the number of migrants flooding into Britain.
Born and brought up in working-class Liverpool, he escaped poverty to become a highly paid adman, tory voter and a huge disappointment to his beloved, communist leaning Father. Creating snide photoshop images is his pitiful revenge for being an ageing, white, straight male.

The housing crisis

I have been around politics for quite a long time, and while my memory can be erratic I definitely recall ACT and Roger Douglas having a policy of “bring our children home”. They wanted New Zealanders to feel that there was a future here and it was worth living here. Over the last decade they have returned in their droves. And, of course, they all needed houses to live in. As they returned from countries where they had been paid well, bought their own houses and were able to move into well-paying jobs, our house prices went up as the demand increased.   Read more »

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Comey has big trouble coming and Mueller isn’t investigating Trump anymore

James Comey really shouldn’t have gone on a nationwide book tour… but that is now unravelling on him.

Ben Shapiro writes: Quote:

On Thursday, contemporaneous memos written by then-FBI director James Comey regarding meetings with President Trump were revealed to Congress…and within minutes, were leaked to the media. There wasn’t much in the memos we hadn’t already heard from Comey, of course. But here’s what you need to know.

1. Comey Leaked The Memos To Prompt A Special Counsel In The First Place. After Comey’s firing, he leaked the memos to a “close friend” so that the press would see them, intending to prompt a special counsel investigation into his firing. The theory was that the memos showed that Comey was hot on Trump’s trail on the Russia investigation, and that Trump fired Comey in order to obstruct justice. Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee in June 2017, “I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter. I didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons but I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.” But there’s nothing in the memos that suggests Trump was actually attempting to obstruct justice.

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

Another week, another smashing of Phil Twyford by Judith

Phil Twyford must really hate Fridays. Every week he gets kicked in the balls by Judith Collins and the silly, sanctimonious fool doesn’t realise it: Quote.

There’s a great ideological divide between the Government and its Opposition.

Roading.

Where National wants to see significant roading projects go ahead, like a four-lane highway to Northland, the Government wants to redirect that money to local and regional roads.

On The AM Show on Friday morning Transport Minister Phil Twyford said he hasn’t necessarily “ditched” the Northland project, but he said it’s not the Government’s policy to build “incredibly expensive gold-plated expressways”.

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

Mark Richardson is spot on

Mark Richardson is sick of the Jacinda-mania sanctimony and pious handclapping: Quote.

Mark Richardson has launched a blistering attack at the “sanctimony” over Jacinda Ardern, saying she’s “not a pioneer when it comes to women holding successful roles”.

It comes as Ms Ardern was chosen as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine during what has largely been seen as a successful European tour.

“Can we all just settle down a little bit?” The AM Show sport host asked on Friday morning.

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

Faces of the day

 

I call this lovely portrait of the couple ‘The calm before the storm’.

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Andrew Little bravely runs away

Cabinet minister Andrew Little and representatives of the families of the men killed in the Pike River mine disaster have walked into the mine’s portal. (Photo / Facebook)

Wow. It is all over the news. Little Andrew has explored deep into the Pike River drift. Wow.

My house and garage is twenty meters long: so he girded his loins (unsee that picture people) and intrepidly and with fearless courage or maybe reckless abandon or perhaps even quivering timidity, made the long lonely trek all by himself surrounded by many others in pitch darkness with only the dim glow from a box of fireproof matches to guide his way all of one and a half times the length of my house to find what?

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