Israel punches above its weight in so many ways

There are those who build and contribute to mankind and there are those who destroy.

ISIS's contibution to mankind. Destruction. Islam has a long 1400 year history of burning and destroying the libraries and museums of the countries it invades.

ISIS’s contribution to mankind.

Islam has a long 1400 year history of burning and destroying the libraries and museums of the countries it invades. Above is but one recent example. Islam dominates and destroys. One of the things that has always stuck in my mind is what happened when Israel withdrew and handed over land to the Palestinians. The land had been developed and had wonderful technology and buildings that could benefit the new occupiers yet the first thing they did when they took ownership was to tear down and destroy everything because it had been created by Israel.

Israel on the other hand makes lemonade when life gives it lemons. They work out how to farm the desert. They don’t just benefit themselves they create technologies that can benefit the world. The ReWalk is but one example.

Imagine giving a paraplegic back the ability to walk again.

Imagine that the man who created the technology is a quadriplegic.

Now imagine that the scientist who designed? this amazing technology is from Israel, the country that does so much with so little.

Invented by the Israeli entrepreneur, Dr. Amit Goffer, who became a quadriplegic in 1998, and manufactured by ARGO Medical Technologies, ReWalk?

Invented by the Israeli entrepreneur, Dr. Amit Goffer, who became a quadriplegic in 1998, and manufactured by ARGO Medical Technologies, ReWalk?

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Whale Week What Was

Steve Harris - Iron Maiden, Whale Oil Beef HookedSaturday started with a Face of the Day photo that was a bit hard to look at before breakfast. ?Cam finds a Frenchman worthy of respect, and is pleased to find they aren’t all cheese eating surrender monkeys.?Count Jacques le Bel de Penguilly does have a poofy name though. ?Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche is a play that Whale suggests David Farrar should review for his Womans Weekly blog. ?Australia charges its second Catholic Priest for child sex crimes, and this blog continues to ask: ?Why is New Zealand immune? ?We’re either better than the rest of the world or we’re still covering it up. ?Which is it, and why? ? Sadly, another Cry Baby post where we highlight those who aren’t taking personal responsibility. ?This time, people who booked on Jetstar had their flights cancelled are in the paper bleating they’ll never fly Jetstar again. ?If only they knew this could happen, eh? ?Sharing a public space is tough when the others are eating, playing music and talking on their phones. ?Cam Slater throws in a joke about an ERO school inspector and Hekia Parata, and follows it up with a post where he reveals that politicians lie. ?Yeah. ?Why do women wear high heels? ?It can get to the point of ridiculousness for sure. An interesting post showing that a Connecticut newspaper is still advertising guns right next to Sandy Hook School news. ?That was followed by a post of dash cam footage from 1927 as well as dash cam footage of a plane crash last week. ?Next a top drawer post about glow in the dark toilet paper and poop hand soap. ?Only on WOBH. ? An interesting BBC2 short about Gordon Buchanan turning himself potential into Polar Bear lunch?leads a post about Iron Maiden showing Steve Harris wearing a Whale Oil Beef Hooked T-Shirt. ?Perhaps we should avoid NZ Herald Stock tips: ?Australian shares are hot apparently? ?Especially those APN stocks. ?Oh, and Fairfax stocks are doing just great as well. ?And as we wind down towards the end of the Saturday, we have a post about a CK Stead letter in which he slams the Binnie report as having clear bias. ? Read more »

Key in the middle

John Key is used to being in the middle and yesterday he stood firm and spanked Shane Warne’s bowling to the boundary for $100,000 tot he Earthquake appeal from Fujitsu.

I note in the video that Phil Goff was in his usual place, standing on the sidelines,?irrelevant?to proceedings.


Maori Party oppose proposed 90 day employment bill

Maori Party oppose proposed 90 day employment billThe Maori Party has decided to oppose the Government’s plan to bring in a 90-probationary period for new employees [TVNZ News Politics]

Good on the Maori Party standing up for what they believe in, even if it is wrong headed.

Now though, we an see why an agreement was reached with both the Maori party and the Act Party on confidence and supply. And also good to see that we can differ on things without getting all out of joint on it.

in the same vein, I see the CTU is still fighting the election. Newsflash fellas, your team lost, and quite badly, best get used to it.

Contrary to what the unions, Phil Goff and his lap-bloggers will tell you I have met plenty of people in the last couple of days who tell me that when this law passes they will definately be looking at taking on staff that they wouldn’t have under existing law.

These guys aren’t dodgy bosses either, one had to let some staff go when the high oil prices meant that his raw material was both expensive beyond profitability and scarce for the same reason. When he found out that a husband and wife had been let go (different names) he re-employed the husband. He told me that this law de-risks getting caught making a bad mistake on a dodgy employee or being caught out by a liar in terms of skills, he would now be able to give some a go.

The unions are basically just flat out lying too when that wench from teh CTU bangs on about teachers and nurses and others being fired at will. This law applies to employers with 20 or less staff, it is highly unlikely to affect nurse and teachers in any way.

Rodney takes the Quiz

I asked Rodney to take the Pundit Politics quiz.

He is thankfully 93% in tune with ACT Party policy.

There are some worrying signs though and clearly he needs to brush up on some policy areas;

Crime and Punishment


Economy and Taxes






Environment and Energy


Family and Morals


Foreign Policy and Trade


Government and Leadership


Health Care


Race Relations and Immigration


Welfare and Superannuation



EPMU and Labour links confirmed

As we enter the last 66 days of the campaign we find from a campaign email sent out by Grant Robertson that the EPMU is central to his campaign. In the email there is a contact for hoardings and it is an EPMU staff member and his contact email is his EPMU email address.

Hoarding sites
Do you have a house, fence or garage that is visible and gets plenty of people or traffic passing by? Please consider putting up one of my signs. There are various sizes available. – contact Ross: [email protected].

So what we have here is the bastard bosses at the EPMU allowing the EPMU’s National Education Officer, a senior official of the EPMU use their work computer during work time to do non-EPMU work, such as sending Labour Party e-mails and organising the erection of hoardings.

The only way the EPMU can get around this is by saying that doing work for the Labour campaign IS part of EPMU work. But by doing so, they implicate themselves by demonstrating that their status is anything but third party vis-a-vis the Labour Party, as they have argued in Court.

So really, this is rank-and-file hypocrisy by the bastard bosses. It’s ok for a senior EPMU staff member to send Labour Party e-mails during work time and via EPMU equipment, but when Shawn Tan does the same (except it’s ACT Party e-mails), He is told he has breached work policy.

Not only that if you look through the Labour list, No. 66 is Jills Angus-Burney, the EPMU’s Wellington Solicitor (and one of two solicitors in the entire country). She is also the electorate candidate for Rangitikei. Somehow, she was able to get approval to stand, even though a solicitor is much less replaceable and dispensible than a call centre staff member (remember Andrew Little said that workload cover is also a factor in whether Shawn Tan is granted permission to stand). Yet another example of blatant hypocrisy by the bastard bosses at the EPMU.

Both of these examples completely refute Andrew Little’s comments of politics not playing a part in the decision-making processes and make a lie of their assertions before the court that they are totally seperate ognaisations.

Just remember exactly where the big money is in New Zealand politics, it is in Labour and New Zealand First.

ACT's Number 5

The ACT Party has a vacant list position as we all know at position 5. With the iminent demise of Winston First it is highly likely that someone at poistion 5 on ACT’s list could easily wind up in parliament.

The way I see it there are three possible candidates.

1. Cactus Kate, far and away the best candidate and currently outstripping other contenders on Farrar’s online poll

2. Owen Glenn, well hell he’s deserved it

3. Ron Mark, his party is dying, he is perhaps the only NZ First MP with any integrity and he really needs a lifeboat right now.

Any others? Comments please.

EPMU holds Kangaroo Court via email

Below is a copy of an email that Andrew Little has sent to ALL EPMU members. It makes for enlightening reading. Essentially this email stuffs any chance that Shawn Tan would have got a fair hearing from the Union. [My comments are in Bold]

EPMU News: special edition – a message from the National Secretary

24 August 2008

You may have heard some media coverage over the last few days about an issue the union is currently dealing with over one of our employees, Shawn Tan. Apart from responding to some media queries on the issue, the union has been constrained in what it can say publicly, and it still is constrained. [Yeah, so constrained that you sent this email to ALL of your members] The reason for this is obvious. [Though not obvious enough for Andrew Little to have refrained from sending this email] Shawn faces allegations from the union as his employer. [Those allegations would be that he dares to hold political opinions that differ from the group-thought of the union] Those allegations are under investigation. [Oh I just bet they are, along with any other impure anti-union thought he may have had or may have in the future] Shawn is entitled to have the allegations put fully and properly to him, to have a chance to provide his responses and explanations and any other information, to do so with the benefit of representation and to have his responses properly considered before the union draws any conclusions and makes any decisions. [But only after we have made sure that there is no possiblilty of anyone in the Union giving him a fair go by senbding out this email] Ironically, these are the very rights we are campaigning on for all workers at the moment. [Those be the rights to hold ANY political belief other than the Union’s approved belief] The union would be acting in breach of its obligations to Shawn as an employee if it entered into a public discussion of the situation at this point. [Though this email certainly doesn’t count as all as a public discussion does it?] Shawn is currently suspended from his employment on full pay. He remains an employee and is entitled to the dignity of being treated as such while we deal with the issues over his employment. [Except we have sent out this email so you all know who he is and should treat him in an approved Union manner short of giving him the bash, shunning, blacklisting and writing “scab” on his belongings are all OK]

Because of the fierce public attacks on the union by some people over the last few days, we felt it important for you to be informed about the issue to the best extent possible. [Yeah our PR boys were busy with the Standard and even then couldn’t come up with a strategy to get us out f this one so Tane, oops soory, I meant Neale Jones suggest we run with a “Ramshackle PR Fiasco”] The background to the matters is as follows.

Shawn is an organiser in the union’s call centre and has been since March this year. He has been selected as a candidate for the ACT party, both on the Party’s list and for the electorate of Mt Roskill. An issue has arisen because it is a requirement of the union’s staff collective agreement [An illegal requirement], and it would be a requirement even if it were not in the employment agreement, that any staff member wishing to seek public office needs to have the union’s permission [Uhmmmm no they don’t the Bill of Rights Act and the Human Rights Act specifically override this], a decision made by the union’s national executive. That requirement is known to Mr Tan. He has not sought the union’s permission at any time. [Except when his supervsor said he should resign if he did such an appalling thing as stand for ACT] In his public statements Mr Tan is contesting whether he was reminded of this requirement in July. [You know when his supervisor suggested he resign, sort of, like constructively] Other issues concerning Shawn’s employment have emerged since he was suspended and they are also now being addressed. [I bet they are, his clear failure to attend indoctrination classes, failure of mind-control lessons and impure captialist thoughts are just a few of the ever growing list of “issues”]

All information relevant to these issues held by the union has been disclosed to Shawn’s representatives and a meeting is scheduled for Monday to start the process of hearing his responses. Shawn’s representatives have also requested mediation which we have agreed to and we are awaiting confirmation of a date for this.

The need to seek permission to undertake candidacy for public office is obvious. A person campaigning for public office needs time off work, and whether this is paid or unpaid, this needs to be accommodated by the union by redeploying others or requiring others to pick up the extra workload. There is no inherent right to be released by your employer to do out-of-work activities that have a bearing on your employment. This year, the union has received two other applications by staff to seek public office. One was as a Labour candidate for an electorate seat in the general election and the other was as a Labour candidate for a local body by-election. In the first case, approval was given on the basis the staff member used annual leave for any campaigning in work time. In the second case approval was not given because of the pressure of work on the union and we were not prepared to release the staff member for the time needed. [Hmmm another case of breaching Human Rights, are there any that the Union actually upholds]

The subject of Mr Tan’s employment issues with the EPMU was disclosed to the media by Mr Tan and ACT party officials last week and they have predictably sought to portray it as political. [Duh!, it is political you numpty, he is standing for parliament for a political party, it just happens to be against the approved union political party] We are committed to abiding by our legal and moral obligations to Mr Tan to treat him properly in terms of due process. [Then why did you send out this email?] It should be noted that these are the sorts of requirements on employers the ACT Party has consistently and vigorously campaigned against. [Prove that] We also have obligations to you as EPMU members to uphold the values and principles of the union which are to defend and progress workers’ rights and interests in all spheres.

Andrew Little
National Secretary
Engineering, Printing & Manufacturing Union

Is Cactus Kate number 5?

I was thinking about ACT’s stated perferred option for their vacant number 5 position in the list.

The party’s board has left the spot vacant while it tries to entice someone to fill it – possibly a young woman to counter-balance the return of Sir Roger Douglas.

Now the reality for the ACT party is that only one person really fits this criteria and that is Cactus Kate. She is young, wealthy, assertive, a fan of Sir Roger and Rodney and an arch-loyal supporter of ACT.

I think they are waiting for her to finish her jaunt around the glamour isles of the world before announcing her candidacy.


PR disaster as Union suspends employee for political beliefs

ACT candidate suspended from union jobTenth-ranked Act Party list candidate Shawn Tan has been suspended by his employer the Labour-affiliated Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union, after it was revealed at the weekend he was standing for the right-wing party…. [NZ Herald Politics]

The “independent third party” the EPMU has shot themselves in the foot big time and it is Andrew Little that has pulled the trigger after intimating that it is Shawn Tan’s politics that have caused his downfall.

Mr Little said most requests were dealt with on the basis of workload, but in the case if someone standing for ACT, which held positions counter to the union’s core beliefs, the choice of party could be an additional factor.

That was because the union needed to decide whether it was going to give Mr Tan time off from his job to campaign for ideas it disagreed with.

So Andrew Little makes it clear, if you work for the EPMU the law doesn’t apply in that if they think that you are going to campaign for policies or parties that they don’t believe in then they can have you suspended at the least or sacked at the worst.

It is clear that the EPMU is discriminating on the basis of Mr Tan’s purported political beliefs, despite the fact that Shawn Tan has a history of advocacy for Green and Union policies. Because he has joined ACT and now been selected as a candidate he is being pilloried for that association.

This is nothing less than disgusting bully-boy behaviour on the part of the Labour supporting union the EPMU. Further it is illegal, but since when has that stopped Labour or the EPMU in the past.

It is clear now why the EPMU supported the Electoral Finance Act, they want that to be the first step in silencing the critics of their chosen political party, now they have gone the next step and started purging those of impure allegiance from their employee ranks.

Can you imagine the fuss that they would make if Don Pryde’s employer suspended him if he had won the candidacy in Dunedin South? The wailing and gnashing of teeth would have beggared belief. It seems that fairness and honesty and integrity in the workplace are only for Employers other than the EPMU. Personal denigration and vilification on the basis of political beliefs are now de rigeur at the EPMU and Labour Party.