Massey University

Massey now has 2 resident activists

Universities used to be the places to go to get a higher education but nowadays, it seems that all they are there for is to brainwash young people. Sue Bradford has taken up a post at Massey University as their resident activist. Yes, you read that correctly. The resident activist at Massey University.

Obviously, she is intended to be there to keep Jan Thomas company. This from Stuff quote:

The well-known activist and former Green Party MP is the activist in residence at Massey University in Palmerston North for a week.

Bradford was asked about a month ago by professor Mohan Dutta​, who is the dean’s chair of communication for the new Centre for Culture-Centred Approach to Research and Evaluation, to take the position.

The two are producing a paper on the partnership between academics and activists in struggles of the oppressed. end quote.

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How victimhood narratives can open doors

Being a victim is not something that any of us would choose but some people can use their victimhood status to do good things. An example of this would be someone who starts a campaign to change the law because it failed to protect them or someone who starts a support group or heads a public information campaign in the hope that it will help prevent what happened to them from happening to someone else.

Being a victim doesn’t always open doors though if the media paints the victim as deserving of what happened to them. When we were the victim of a criminal hack the media immediately painted us as somehow deserving of having our privacy violated and the loss of revenue and the emotional fallout was not considered important.

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Body Positivity movement fails to please Plus size advocates

Supply is related to demand so as our society gets fatter clothing companies are now promoting plus size models. When I had a business on Trademe another businesswoman that I met had recently lost an enormous amount of weight. She told me that she had started her business based on the fact that she couldn’t find any jeans in New Zealand that would fit her. She ordered some from America and put a couple that arrived that were the wrong size on Trademe. The response to the jeans was such that she realised that she could turn it into a business. Men especially were her biggest customers as she was the only business in New Zealand at that time that had jeans in their size.

Now that more businesses have responded to the demand you would think that Plus size advocates would be pleased but it is not enough for the companies to supply plus-size clothing they also want them to use models that are seriously obese in their advertising. Their reasoning? They want profit driven companies to use their ad campaigns to change “people’s mindsets.”

A new campaign by a beauty giant designed to promote body positivity is not convincing two women who advocate for plus-sized ladies.

On Friday, Dove launched a new series of images shot by Mario Testino. It doesn’t feature models, and the images are presented without retouching and with the approval of the women.

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Sounds like generation snowflake don’t like someone pointing out the obvious

This poor bastard is about to be “hounded” out of his job by female vets who are naturally offended by some cold hard facts.

Massey University’s chancellor has come under fire for making comments about female vet graduates being worth just “two-fifths” of a fulltime equivalent vet.

Wellington businessman Chris Kelly, who became Massey chancellor in 2013, discussed changes for students studying farming and vet work in their courses from 2019 with a rural publication this month.

He has since apologised.

Kelly told Rural News that 75 to 85 per cent of vet students were women and in the first year when there was a high ‘cull’, it was the female students who continued because the work was largely academic.

“That’s because women mature earlier than men, work hard and pass,” he told Rural News. “Whereas men find out about booze and all sorts of crazy things during their first year.”

Kelly then went on to imply that a high fallout rate in the vet profession was the result of the life choices made by female graduates.

“When I went through vet school, many years ago, it was dominated by men; today it’s dominated by women. That’s fine, but the problem is one woman graduate is equivalent to two-fifths of a fulltime equivalent vet throughout her life because she gets married and has a family, which is normal. So, though we’re graduating a lot of vets, we’re getting a high fallout rate later on.”

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Doug Sellman teams up with discredited troughers

Professor J. Douglas Sellman

Professor J. Douglas Sellman

While on the topic of prohibitionist and supermarket hater Doug Sellman, his organisation Alcohol Action NZ is gearing up for a big fight with the Government over the report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship.

Travel and lifestyle blogger and pinko David Farrar commented on all the bans the forum recommended the other day, saying it was all a bit depressing, and that it will eventually end up with plain packaging for drinks and food.

Farrar’s post would have incensed Doug Sellman, who is now saying that Alcohol Action NZ is ‘sponsoring an independent expert committee on alcohol advertising and sponsorship (IECAAS), which is monitoring the work of the Ministerial Forum’. From this an ‘independent report’ will be produced. It’s worth a look to see who is on this so called ‘expert committee” that will produce an ‘independent report’.

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Guess who won Massey University’s Quote of the Year competition?

Massey University held its usual Quote of the Year competition recently, and one of my quotes from the election campaign and Dirty Politics was a finalist.

The finalist quotes were:

I’m sorry for being a man. (David Cunliffe’s unusual apology at Labour’s domestic violence policy launch at a Women’s Refuge forum)

We think it’s, um, pretty legal. (Steven Joyce asked by reporters about the use of a song for the National election campaign that sounded very similar to one by Eminen)

You work in news you puffed up little shit!…When will you glove puppets of Cameron Slater just piss off? (Internet Party press secretary Pam Corkery at a campaign event, when the media kept asking for an interview with Kim Dotcom)

It was all steam and no hangi. (Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis describing Internet-Mana after it failed to deliver on the hype on election day)

He could probably survive shooting little kittens in his garden with a shotgun. (Kim Dotcom on how little impact Dirty Politics had on Prime Minister John Key’s approval ratings.

I play politics like Fijians play rugby. My role is smashing your face into the ground. (Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater after Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics was released)

I did not have textual relations with that blogger. (Spoof of John Key’s initial denial that he had received texts from Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater tweeted by Lloyd Burr of RadioLive)

It terrifies me how much of our economy is stuck inside a dairy cow. (Comedian Te Radar talking to farmers at Fieldays)

Get past the breath-taking PR snow job. (Former CERA communications adviser Tina Nixon describing the press conference to announce the resignation of chief executive Roger Sutton after a sexual harassment complaint)

No more beersies for you. (Tagline in this year’s Health Promotion Agency advertising campaign to reduce harmful alcohol consumption.)

Guess which quote has won.   Read more »

Questioning the Extremely Dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council

 

Fenton "Jong-un" Wilson

Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

On the 12th of June this blog started sending a series of OIAs to the extremely dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council.

As readers will know the council has a legal obligation to respond with in 20 working days.

What happened was the coverups and deceptions at the HBRC continued.

They sent a dodgy email back saying I had to refine down my requests, basically so they could continue hiding their bullying behaviour.

Then they delayed responding until well outside the statutory deadline. Here is the response.

Dear Mr Slater

REQUESTS UNDER THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL INFORMATION AND MEETINGS ACT 1987 (LGOIMA) (the Act)

This email is in regard to the s10 LGOIMA requests received by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council (the Council) between 11 and 24 June 2014. Please consider this notice of the Council’s decision on those requests pursuant to s13(1) of the Act.

In accordance with section 17A (2) of The Act Council considers that the information requested (a total of 7 requests) made during the above timeframe and all within a 10 working day period, relate to the same or similar subject matters, that being the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme, Tukituki Plan Change 6 and/or HBRIC Ltd. Therefore, Council has decided to treat all seven of those requests as a single request.   Read more »

“Child Poverty Action Group” inadvertently advocate for Charter Schools

The Child Poverty Action Group has a range of ivory tower types who do the odd bit of research and then say all problem solving is up to the government. Families are responsible for nothing but are simply victims of socio-economics.

Their latest outburst is for Massey University long-term trough muncher John O’Neil telling the country the all teachers in lower decile schools are not doing their job.

He effectively calls them no better than useless – not a popular man I would have thought – unless you are looking for an excuse.

They have forgotten that compulsory schooling up to 16 years of age is there to break cycles – not accept them.

O’Neil starts with:

“You cannot allow today’s generation of children to suffer because of some political argument that teachers need to do better.”

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Proof Labour is bad for business, imagine how bad if the Greens are part of the government

A recent study by Massey University proves what most people know…Labour is bad for business and a four year terms would be better as well.

A four-year election term may help prevent smaller firms listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange getting into strife as a result of fast-track policy changes made by new governments, says a Massey University academic.

Dr Chris Malone, a senior lecturer in the School of Economics and Finance, says billions of dollars are lost to the economy because firms, particularly smaller ones, are unable to cope with policy changes brought on by a change of government.

“Four years instead of three in the political cycle would give government more time to phase in policy instead of rushing reform through. This could give smaller firms breathing space to adapt and adjust to the new environment,” he says.

Dr Malone’s comments arise from the findings of a research paper he co-wrote with Associate Professor Hamish Anderson, who is also from Massey University. The paper found small firms have performed much worse under left-of-centre governments than right-of-centre governments since 1972. It also found stock returns are generally significantly higher under right-of-centre governments.

Dr Malone says there has been recent global interest in whether stock markets prefer a right-of-centre or left-of-centre governments – and that researchers were surprised when research in the United States showed its stock markets preferred Democrat governments.

The conventional wisdom had been that Wall Street liked a Republican government “but when they went and looked at the long history of returns they found that during Democrat governments things whistled along pretty well,” says Dr Malone.   Read more »

More on the ratbags at EXMSS

Yesterday I wrote about the ratbags of EXMSS.

EXMSS is a Massey University Students’ Society funded by compulsory students services levies, which pay for services under contract with the university . One of these contracts is for communications. However since the associations’ president Jeannette (JV) Chapman fired her competent communications manager Adam Dodd, another has been employed and Mr Dodd has been seeking advice.

That comms person, Dan Scott, looks like he has some interesting friends . He has apparently been alerting them to a closed Facebook group set up to call a SGM of the society, which EXMSS staffers have opposed.  Society members claim that some of Mr Scott’s friends have attempted to join the group to hawk. One, has a facebook page under the name of Trent Haskell, (with a  nickname of ‘scummy’)  that looks remarkably like another under the name of ‘Nat Tate’ – one that is currently suspended by Facebook –  which was used to  enter a closed  EXMSS members’ Facebook group in an attempt to pass off as a member of EXMSS interested in calling a SGM.   Read more »