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Pepe the Frog successfully trolls New Zealand Media

Pepe the frog as Donald Trump

Pepe had a starring role in the American election and now he has crossed the Tasman to upset the New Zealand media. Pepe is essentially a sad cartoon frog who became a meme. He was used in this recent video to promote Based Stickman (a new American Hero who physically defended protestors from the violence of Anti-Fascist group ANTIFA .) When reading about Pepe during the American election I came across a democrat supporter lamenting the fact that the Republicans had all the cool memes. Why he lamented can we not have a Pepe the frog?

NZ First leader Winston Peters says he knew the controversy surrounding an image when he signed a poster featuring it – but says what others have deemed a hate symbol is “essentially meaningless”.

Peters signed a poster featuring the online cartoon character Pepe the Frog, after speaking to a packed lecture theatre at Victoria University last night.

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Why hasn’t this been reported in our media?

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All around the world Universities are falling victim to Social Justice Warriors and other limp-wristed, panty-waist types seeking safe spaces and shutting down free speech in the very places that free speech should be encouraged.

If it isn’t Black Lives Matter it is various gay groups or Muslim Associations howling down freedom of speech.

Well, it’s happened here and to my knowledge hasn’t yet been reported by the mainstream media despite the awful precedence this sets.

Back in August, there was a debate involving Lindsay Perigo and Susan Devoy at the University of Auckland. The moot was “That this House would ban religious symbols in public.”

Lindsay Perigo was howled down as he gave his speech. Strangely there hasn’t been a murmur or a mutter from Susan Devoy about the issue and likewise nothing in the mainstream media. Why is that?

I’ll let Lindsay Perigo explain:

This is the speech I delivered almost in its entirety in my capacity as special commentator, along with Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy, at Monday night’s semi-final in the intra-university Next Generation Debates series at Auckland University. I say “almost in its entirety” because a gaggle of Muslims became very vocal near the end of my speech and demanded, successfully, I be stopped at once for having gone over my allocated time. The point at which I was shut down is noted in the text below.

What a member of Young New Zealand First called “magnificent pandemonium” followed, with epithets flying back and forth, Dame Susan waiving her right of rebuttal and storming off from the table we were both sharing.    Read more »

Teach First NZ pilot successful despite controversy

We have written before about Teach First:

1.MORE TEACHER UNION WHINGING COPY/PASTED BY MEDIA PARTY

2.PPTA PROTECT THEIR PATCH, STUDENTS SUFFER

3.TOO FUNNY – WHERE ARE ALL THE PROTESTS FROM THE EDUCATION UNIONS?

4.THE WORD ‘CONTROVERSIAL’ IS OVER USED BY THE MEDIA PARTY

Now despite all the whinging and patch protection, Education Minister Hekia Parata this week announced that she is going to extend and and expand what she describes as a  a ground-breaking teacher training programme.

New Zealand needed more teachers able to teach science, technology and maths. These are subjects where graduates can often make a lot more money elsewhere. The pilot has been successful in attracting top quality graduates to the teaching profession and keeping them. All and all this is a great result with the added bonus that these teachers are unlikely to go along with the chalk face mentality of the PPTA. After all the PPTA were against them from the start, taking Teach First to court in an attempt to have the student teachers ruled illegal. Now that these new teachers are qualified they might as well return the favour and use their voting rights ( if they bother to join the union ) to make some changes.

“The Teach First NZ pilot has been very effective in attracting high-achieving graduates into teaching. That’s why I’m pleased we’ve extended the programme for a further three years to train 40 new secondary school teachers, and are expanding it by another ten places focused on science, technology and maths in 2017. This means there will be up to 50 newly trained teachers from this programme by the end of 2018,” says Ms Parata.

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A Tale of Two Anti-Semitic Academics

Hate Speech research Scott Poynting

Hate Speech researcher Scott Poynting

A guest post from a reader:

The London School of Economics published an article written by Dr Sandra Nasr, a lecturer in Middle Eastern politics at Australia’s Notre Dame University, that accused Israel of treating Palestinians as “sub-human”, described Zionism as being based on “superiority and entitlement”, and linked to a Holocaust denial website.

The contemptible and dangerous article was published on Dec 03 and was removed on Dec 04. Eight days after the original post, on Dec 11, the Vice-Chancellor of Notre Dame University dissociated the institution with the anti-Semitic article of Dr Nasr.

Compare this “speedy and proper response” with a similar strain of anti-Semitism at the University of Auckland: Professor Scott Poynting wrote a disgusting letter that the Waikato Times published on Nov 30. Whaleoil drew attention to this and Poynting, an expert in hate speech, tried to sue Whaleoil for defamation. At the same time, the Waikato Times published letters from the New Zealand Jewish Council and AUT Professor of History, Paul Moon, highlighting Poynting’s hypocrisy and anti-Semitism.    Read more »

Face of the day

Hate Speech research Scott Poynting

Hate Speech researcher at The University of Auckland, Scott Poynting

Today’s face of the day hate speech researcher Scott Poynting, is guilty of the most disgusting anti-semitism and he makes his living researching hate speech against Muslims. You would think that someone who studies hate for a living would be someone passionate about stopping hate, someone who wants a better world. The thought that a man with anti-semitic views like this is teaching at Auckland University sickens me.

I have never before in my life called for someone to be sacked from their job but for this man I will make an exception. His reference to the German company IG Farben, that manufactured the poison gas used to massacre Jews inside concentration camps, was beneath contempt. His comment that he has nothing against the Germans, while referring to the German company that aided Hitler’s genocide of the Jews is hateful.

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EXPOSED: University of Auckland pimps junk science

It’s never a good look when a university gets exposed for releasing junk science.

Usually it’s Otago University’s Department of Arse Clowns pimping out wild claims in an effort to generate media coverage.

But with competition for funding troughing red-hot among New Zealand university institutions, it now seems certain University of Auckland researchers are tapping into the pit of junk science to get some headlines.

Back in July, the University of Auckland released a study with the alarming headline ‘Majority of our packaged food unhealthy’. The authors include Dr Wilma Waterlander, Helen Eyles and $11 million trougher recipient Cliona Ni Mhurchu from the University of Auckland’s National Institute for Health Innovation, School of Population Health.

Now we find out the paper has significant flaws in it.  The Food & Grocery Council has exposed their research as nothing short of being junk science.    Read more »

What a waste of bacon

Of course PETA are upset, but all I can think of is the complete waste of prime bacon.

A New Zealand research project in blood spatter analysis used 9mm pistols to shoot animals at point blank range.

The project, carried out in 2009, used both slaughtered and live pigs to measure backspatter of blood and bone matter from gunshot wounds to the head.

The details of the experiment have only just come to light after the findings were recently published in the International Journal of Legal Medicine.

The project was a collaboration between researchers from the University of Otago, the University of Auckland and the Crown-funded Institute of Environmental Science and Research.

The findings were hoped to be able to help forensic scientists understand and interpret backspatter from gunshot fatalities.    Read more »

Labour, Greens forget the pie ban cost them the 2008 election

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Typical, politicians have extremely short memories. Labour’s Annette King should know better, but long-term memory seems to be failing her.

Labour lost the 2008 election after New Zealanders got sick and tired of Labour politicians telling Kiwis how to live. They also ended up being called the “food police”.

Now they’re back at it, wanting bans on tuck shops and pushing their agenda via embedded journalist Kirsty Johnson;

Labour health spokeswoman Annette King said she would now expect the Government to bring back tuck shop regulation.

“It’s horrifying to New Zealanders that we are now considered one of the fattest nations in the world,” she said.

“We have wasted seven years, when we could have been doing something about it, for purely political reasons, because apparently saying what kids could eat was being a ‘nanny state’. I now look forward to seeing what the minister will do.”

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Maori proposing “indigenous tax” on foreign visitors

The University of Auckland Business School is hosting a seminar where:

Our aim is to share a very simple model to improve equality of opportunity for all people in Aotearoa where the indigenous tax™ will be used to invest in people’s economic wealth and social well being.” Anita Stowers and Maki Maihi-Taniora

The purpose of the meeting/seminar is to bring together interested persons to listen and discuss the indigenous taxation concept and to see whether university academics are interested in exploring the concept as part of wider research into its viability economically, politically and culturally.

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Cellphones fry your brain…oh wait…no they don’t

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The tinfoil hat brigade will tell you that cellphones give you cancer…and when you ask them for evidence they invariably have none but maintain they read it somewhere.

Well now you can read it here…cellphones do not give you cancer.

New research from the University of Auckland shows the risk of brain tumours cannot be linked with with increased mobile phone use.

Professor Mark Elwood, cancer epidemiologist at the University of Auckland, led research on the trends in primary brain incidence in New Zealand between 1995 and 2010. Results indicate there is no general increase in brain tumours as a consequence of using mobile phones.

Elwood’s team examined the frequency (yearly incidence) of brain cancers, both in total and in sub-types highlighted in some other studies, in New Zealand from 1995 to 2010 using data from the New Zealand national cancer registry.   Read more »