Headline of the day

Woohoo, but what I really want to know is will she make it compulsory?


**WARNING R18 sex gifs over the break

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Map of the day: Most recurring word on each country’s Wikipedia page

Map created by reddit user Amiantedeluxe

Yassmin’s Islamic amnesia

Yassmin Abdel-Magied needs to be reminded of the extent of Islam’s “colonising and enslaving”

Orwell once wrote, One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that. Portuguese poet and philosopher Fernando Pessoa likewise wrote of the stupidity of the intelligentsia. Both were deriding the phenomenon by which otherwise intelligent and educated people convince themselves of the most absurd beliefs. Stupid ideas which, as Orwell said, no ordinary person would be so foolish as to believe for an instant.

Would that either of them had lived to witness the supremely idiotic intelligence of Yassmin Abdel-Magied.

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It’s time to get rid of the term ‘hate speech’

I am guilty of using the term ‘hate speech’ because I like to use the left’s own made-up terms against them. I tend to use the terms when pointing out that they are doing what they have accused others of doing. When they attack white males, for example, for their gender and their skin colour I like to point out that they would condemn those exact same words if the target was not white and not male.

Hate speech, though, is as made up a term as Islamophobia and is used as a rod to beat ‘free speech’ with. It was created to be held up as the opposite of free speech, just as sweet is the opposite of sour, but it isn’t the opposite at all. The opposite of free speech is ‘illegal speech’ as only speech prohibited by law is not free. In New Zealand, we still have the freedom to…

  • Say, write or draw things that people don’t like
  • Say, write or draw things that upset people
  • Say, write or draw things that shock people
  • Say, write or draw things that people disagree with
  • Say, write or draw things that people are offended by.

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Women can do anything

Women’s Minister and Green Party co-leadership candidate Julie Anne Genter has announced she is pregnant.  

The pregnancy did not at all change her intention to stand for co-leader or to carry on as Women’s Minister and associate transport and health minister.

I do believe that there is no reason a woman can’t be a mother and do that job,” Genter said.

Mothers who have it all have to do it all credit Daily Mail

Having a child is a truly wonderful thing, an amazing experience for any woman and both Genter and Ardern are to be congratulated.

So why does Genter’s announcement that her pregnancy will not interfere with her job and her immediate political goals sound flippant?  Because it is.  

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Oral Questions: 20 February 2018

Credit: Woolf Photography via parliament.nz

Questions to Ministers

  1. Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Government’s policies?
  2. KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the costs of living?
  3. Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Finance: Does he have confidence in the policy advice he receives? Read more »

View from your window

Where do you think today’s photo was taken?


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Netanyahu: ‘Mr Zarif… You can take back with you a message to the tyrants of Tehran – do not test Israel’s resolve!’

Benjamin Netanyahu is muscling up to Iran:

Brandishing a fragment of an Iranian drone downed over northern Israel a week ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned that Israel could strike the Islamic Republic directly and cautioned Tehran not to “test Israel’s resolve.”

Mr. Zarif, do you recognize this? You should, it’s yours. You can take back with you a message to the tyrants of Tehran — do not test Israel’s resolve!” proclaimed Netanyahu at the Munich Security Conference, which was also attended by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The Iranian drone, which entered northern Israel from Syria near the Jordan border last Saturday, was shot down by an Israeli attack helicopter. In response to the drone incursion, Israeli jets attacked the mobile command center from which it was operated, the army said last week.

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Cartoon of the day

Al Nisbet, February 19, 2018.

The ‘Grossest Market’ is no more, liquidation and receivership beset Aaron Drever

Regular readers will know we have been closely following the fall and demise of Aaron Drever.

His latest venture has collapsed.

Aaron Drever’s ‘Grossest Market‘ has tipped into liquidation:

Another piece of wreckage has been added to the pile of former Nosh debris with the liquidation of The Grocer’s Market store in Mt Eden.

The company behind the store, TGM Trading, which acquired some assets of the former Nosh Group last year, was placed in liquidation by its shareholder, Aaron Drever, today.

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