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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Map of the day

Source – www.cosmos.esa.int

Small asteroids that hit the Earth between 1994-2013

  • Chelyabinsk-sized impacts (500 kilotons TNT) every few decades
  • Tunguska-sized impacts (5 megatons TNT) every few centuries

An event such as depicted below would affect the entire globe not just a city. NASA is building a defense system to alter the path of dangerous asteroids ensuring they miss the earth.

Source – http://old.zvono.eu

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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Government brakes on the economy

On ‘selection’ night Winston warned us of the dark clouds on the horizon and how the good times were coming to an end. He then added the disclaimer that no one should blame his new government for it. But nine months in, the dark clouds are most definitely on the horizon, but as the rest of the world seems mostly fine, and there is no global financial crisis or equivalent to it at this point in time, it is hard to know where else to look. Because, as Mike Hosking says, in 9 short months, the government has found the brake pedal for a successful economy, and is pressing down it with all its might. Newstalk ZB reports: Quote:

The latest services sector numbers as put out by the BNZ show the two worlds are colliding.

The services sector is what makes this country tick. It is us spending money, it accounts for two thirds of the New Zealand economy.

And when you see that number in trouble, we all have trouble.

That number as of this week is a reason to worry.

It’s 52.8, what that means is the sector is still expanding. That’s the good news, but not by much.

50 is treading water, below 50 and you’re contracting. The 52.8 is 4.3 down on last month, that’s your worry. End quote.

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View from your window

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VFYW: Whaleoil

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Chris Bishop is another ninny in the wrong party

Chris Bishop is part of Amy Adams’ puddle. A legacy of the wet years of John Key. A legend in his father’s mind.

And a total waste of space given this Facebook message attacking Winston Peters yesterday: Quote:

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