If you have more criminals you need more prisons

An inmate of Wellington prison watches the New Zealand vs Australia 2011 Rugby World Cup semi-final game in his cell.

Baby-faced Jack Tame claims that building more prisons will not fix crime. To that statement, I would reply, catch and release programmes do not fix crime either. Fixing crime has nothing to do with prisons and never has had anything to do with prisons. Prisons are firstly to punish, secondly to keep criminals away from the public and thirdly to educate and rehabilitate.

[…] Prison is a profoundly archaic concept.

Don’t like what someone does? Lock them in a cell.

No one is suggesting our most dangerous criminals should be free to roam the streets, but as the previous Prime Minister put it, building more prisons is a moral and fiscal failure.

The moral failure is the families of the criminals who failed to instil moral values into them. The fiscal failure is to be expected. Prisons could be profit-making centres and prisoners could be put to work but our Unions and all our governments so far have refused to make criminals earn their keep.

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Islamic justice system in Pakistan offers Christians a get out of jail FREE card

Seventy-eight Christians from Pakistan are being held in prison currently for protesting a church suicide bomb attack. The Attorney General has offered them a get out of jail FREE card with one little requirement. He has said that they can be released if…

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Mental Health Break


Redefining masculinity … are you brave enough to listen to the women in your life (and no, you don’t have to hand in your Man Card.  Yet.)


Living on a Thin Line: The Emergence of Online Hunting Groups in the U.K.

Guest Post:

“all the stories have been told, of kings and days of old, but there’s no England now…”

Living on a Thin Line, The Kinks, 1984.

Over the past several years the U.K has experienced the emergence of a growing number of online predator hunting groups, run exclusively by private citizens who have increasingly lost confidence in the agencies and institutions designed to protect children and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse.

This new phenomenon can possibly best be understood when taking into account the fundamental changes in the eyes of the public in light of the fallout from scandals such as Rotherham and Jimmy Saville.

Another important aspect is the dramatic changes that the new social media landscape has had on the ability for people to communicate across distances and times which until recently would have been deemed unthinkable.

Sounds to me like a ‘Perfect Storm’.

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Map of the day

Metiria Turei for Kiwi of the year. No, he’s serious ……

fraud metiria turei

Guy Williams, the partner of Golriz Ghahraman, has written an opinion piece promoting Metiria Turei as Kiwi of the year.

That’s right, the partner of a Green MP who mislead the public about her representation of war criminals is promoting a Green ex-MP who lied about her circumstances to claim more benefit than she was entitled to.

OPINION: I often wonder if I would “risk everything” for the chance to do something amazing? It takes a lot of courage to risk your life savings to start a business or make a film. Or risk losing your job to stand up for something. […]

What did she stand up for?  Benefit fraud.  She told everyone it was ok to commit benefit fraud.  She justified it.  She was proud of it.

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Why they didn’t advertise plus sized tights using plus sized models

Maybe not the most effective way to advertise plus-sized tights.


These plus-sized tights aren’t expensive, at $3 each, but the way they’re advertised may cost an awful lot in good will.
Online shopping site Wish.com is using photos of thin models standing in just one leg of the Plus Size Ultra Elastic Tights Stockings Women Sexy Shaping Pantyhose Socks, with one pulling them up to her chin.[…]

[…] stretching them over a model’s whole body to emphasise how big the tights are isn’t the most effective way to reach your target audience. It also gives no real indication of how they will look when worn.

I couldn’t agree more which is why I scoured the internet to find a photo of a real plus size woman wearing tights so they can see for themselves what they really look like.
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Student who missed out on Dux an analogy for the National Party

When a male Onehunga high school student came second and missed out on winning Dux he had something to say about it which some will see as sour grapes. He was beaten by a female student who used strategy in her choice of subjects in order to keep her subject average high.

An Auckland high-school graduate who came second to Dux despite doing what he says were “hard” academic subjects has written a passionate appeal saying subjects like art and cooking don’t compare.

Filip Vachuda, who was runner-up to this year’s dux at Onehunga High School, calls for adopting a common American system of weighting “hard” academic subjects, such as physics and calculus, as worth more than the dux’s “soft” subjects such as media and drama.[…]

“But while I had completed Level 3 English and a Scholarship exam in Year 12, and studied difficult subjects like physics or calculus, the Dux recipient had exempted herself from any math, science, or indeed, scholarship exams and extra subjects.”

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Oral Questions – 12 December 2017

Credit: Woolf Photography via parliament.nz

Questions to Ministers

Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her Government’s policy to “create more jobs”; if so, can she confirm that over 245,000 jobs have been created in the last 2 years?

WILLOW-JEAN PRIME to the Minister of Finance: What recent announcements has he made regarding the Reserve Bank?

Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: Which statement does he agree with: his statement in the House last week that “no existing and funded roading project other than the East-West Link has been altered by the Government”, or the Minister of Finance’s reported comments, in relation to roading priorities, that “there are other priorities around New Zealand as well, in terms of investing in rail and getting coastal shipping going, improving our regional roads”?    Read more »

Photoshop of the day