Wednesday, June 26, 2019

SNOWFLAKES GETTING MONSTERED?


Go Fund Me, an Australian equivalent to NZ's "Give a Little", leapt to the high ground with a never-announced credible reason and set about returning the seven hundred million dollars raised for Israel Falau's defence of his treatment by Raylene Castle and Rugby Australia over a religious tweet warning  "all" sinners to repent or face Hell,  after suddenly removing the Falau page from their platform

Enter another platform and the Streisand effect intervenes,  twenty four hours later and that original three quarter of a million is obliterated with the new fund reaching one point five million dollars and climbing.

What the dopy buggers are failing to understand is basic. People with money and no skin in the game - as opposed to the idiot CEO of Qantas - are appalled at the apparent hypocritical leaping on a Fundamentalist Christian and his right to express his beliefs, in a demonstration of mob rule. Many of the donors have no connection to any church but see a basic principle being trampled on by people of influence way beyond what a fair minded Aussie sees as right and fair.

Alan Joyce, Peter Fitzsimmons, those who run Go Fund Me ( who incidentally saw no problem with their platform being used to support the little cowardly cretin who smashed an egg on Federal Senator Frazer Anning's head at a public rally) and their other fanatics might just be a tad in error in their crusade against a Pastor of a tiny Christian sect with one little church, who just happens to be a very talented oval ball sport participant.

Oscar Wilde comes to mind in more than one aspect here with his quote;
"There is only one thing worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about"
There is no such thing as "bad publicity", so the whole palaver becomes a "Monster". Castle, Joyce and company might just be a bit disillusioned at how things went South so spectacularly, but getting Genie back in the bottle may be impossible.

I see ANZ are also jumping in with threatening attitudes to Izzy's Missus, who is a not so bad Netball player, because they are major sponsors of netball in NZ, and I think Australia.

My only other comment is, be careful what you wish for: not all are so inclusive about the current rubbish around gender and personal intimate behaviour, being wielded as weapons of mass destruction against traditional values. And unlike the rent-a-mob idiots, many of them have real dosh needing a home.

SAYING LESS MIGHT HAVE BEEN BETTER.


The old adage - say nothing and be thought stupid is better than speaking and removing any doubt -  might apply to the out going finance spokesperson Amy Adams.

Less than eighteen months ago the lady considered she was the  potential leader of the National Party when Sir William English departed. Now she wants "her life back". Had she been successful then would she still be desiring such an outcome?

Politics is not the nicest place to earn a living and it is almost certain her rewards, had she stayed with Law, may well have exceeded what came from being one of the vastly overpaid representatives in world terms as an MP in NZ.

For most of the socialists, the rewards are far in excess of anything they might garner in the real world, hence the clear reluctance for those currently occupying the Treasury benches - should they get a DCM and head back to the other side of the debating chamber and the odious task of Opposition - to ever leave once ensconced.

For the current Opposition however they can easily find rewarding and well paid work almost at will should they leave.

That difference was highlighted in a most unseemly manner when Georgina Beyer found difficulty in getting rewards she felt were rightfully hers after parliament, crawling around the then political leadership for a suitable sinecure and being rebuffed.

So Ms Adams, all the best for your future but maybe the spin was just a little transparently not quite  true. Even just admitting the widely accepted meme that Opposition is the worst job in politics and the Law was attractive, might have worked.

Grunter won't be welcoming Paul Goldsmith methinks, neither will the almost comic ex-police union leader whose hold on Ohariu will now become a bigger hurdle.

Contrast the ease for Mr Bridges in shadow cabinet choices compared to what the PM faces this week in shuffling the deck chairs on her Titanic cluster.

P.S. Ms Ardern, you could take a lead from Ms Adams and get your life back. Oh I forgot, wrapping fish and chips might not be as attractive as a job in Lawyering and Mr Gayford might struggle to make up for the almost half a mill pa. I wonder if Karel has an opening for a freight forwarding position in his lawn mower business?

Democracy dies in Darkness


So in June we've had the 75th anniversaries of The Battle of Midway and the more-widely acknowledged D-Day, plus the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests.

The last event should be made to grow in importance as an anniversary, for two reasons. First because it's important to show the Chinese Communist government that the old Memory Hole trick won't work outside of China. Secondly because it's a pointer to a rather ugly future, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.

Several years ago, a retired U.S. Navy Captain, James Fanell, the former director of Intelligence and Information operations for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, gave testimony to the US House Committee on Intelligence Operations, in which he mapped out where he thinks China is going with all this over the next few decades. It's 48 pages long but worth your time to read.

He talks about the slow, steady buildup of the Chinese military but more importantly about the reasons for it. His argument is that China is focusing on the year 2049, the 100th anniversary of the Communist takeover of China, and the desire to have Taiwan "reunified" by then, preferably without firing a shot.

And the strategy is based on what happened in Tiananmen Square and after:
For the last five years I have postulated a new theory entitled the “Decade of Concern”. Central to the theory is the belief that China has calculated a timeline for when they could use military force at the latest possible moment AND still be able to conduct a grand ceremony commemorating their national restoration in 2049. 
I believe China’s leaders have a template for calculating that date and it is the time period from Tiananmen Square to the 2008 Olympics. 
As you recall in 1989, the international community largely condemned Beijing's actions of slaughtering its own citizens at Tiananmen Square. Yet, just 19 years later the world's leaders flocked to Beijing to attend the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. 
Remember the scene on August 8th 2008 at the Bird's Nest stadium? 
There were tens of thousands of people in the seats watching one of the most impressive Olympic opening ceremonies in history. There at the top of the stadium, in a cool, air-conditioned skybox were the nine members of the Standing Committee of the Politburo (PBCS), looking down over the masses of humanity. At the center of the PBSC was President Hu Jintao, wearing his black Mao suit. President Hu was cool, calm, and collected and what did he see down in those seats, in the 95-degree temperature and 95% humidity? 
Why, it was the President of the United States, with big sweat stains under his armpits, who later went on to describe the event as being "spectacular and successful". 
What was the strategic message from this event? I believe it reinforced a belief among China’s leadership that the West has a short-attention span regarding issues such as crimes against humanity and vicious misuse of military force. 
In short, Beijing believes the West can be counted on to forget even the most barbarous actions after about a 20- year time span.
In other words, the Chinese Communist leadership have to make Taiwan part of a unified China by 2029.

One quibble I have with the analysis is that the leaders of the West didn't even wait a few months, let alone twenty years, to begin ignoring and forgetting the Tiananmen Square massacre. Bush 41 quietly dispatched two top aides to assure Xiaoping that it was business as usual. The rest of the West followed the same path. Admittedly nobody saw the Warsaw pact collapsing less than six months later; Cold War rules still applied.

Bill Clinton condemned Bush for "coddling dictators" but as soon as he was President in 1993 he hailed China as a "strategic partner" and specifically announced that human rights would be "de-linked" from trade, and that continued with Bush 43. Chinese dissidents begged Obama to speak up about Xi Jinping's ruthless crackdown on them, but the Obama administration just wasn't focused on China. And while Trump has gleefully got into a trade war with them, he has shown the same lack of interest in their internal oppression as his predecessors did.


Whatever develops I doubt New Zealand will have much to say about it or "our friends in Beijing"

National MP Jian Yang lied about his Chinese Communist Party past when entering the country, admitting that he did so on instructions from Beijing, and worked for the PLA's Military Intelligence unit. Yet he is apparently a valued member who raises tons of money for National, speaks only to the Chinese media  in NZ and has never said a word against the PRC..

The Labour MP, Raymond Huo, follows a similar path. Chairing Parliament's Justice Committee hearings on foreign interference, he initially opposed any public submissions, claiming government departments could say all there was to be said. How very Xi of him. He's recused himself now, but, exactly like Yang, has solid ties to the PRC Embassy here, to various regime-affiliated United Front bodies, is on record about the opportunity being an MP gave him to champion PRC perspectives on issues like Tibet, and - again exactly like Yang - has never once in his years in Parliament been heard to utter a word critical of the PRC.

Is it any wonder that Bridges and Adern have virtually nothing to say about China's moves. At least they're in good political company locally and internationally.

But it's not just the politicians. The title of this article is the slogan adopted by The Washington Post in the Age of OrangeManBad, and it's the usual pretentious puffery you'd expect the MSM to apply to themselves - along with the word "brave". The picture immediately below the title means the slogan is also a bad joke, as a recent article from the Human Events website, showing what has happened to that "respected" organ of the MSM, explains:
“Recently the Washington Post has started carrying China Daily‘s US edition as a physically separate advertising supplement to the printed paper, as described here. Fine: it’s clearly labeled, and we’ve all gotta stay in business. But now the Post is doing the same thing on its website. Look at this part of the “Washington Post“‘s site as it appears just now, and tell me how obvious it is that you’re seeing a paid presentation of official Chinese government propaganda perspective…”
As Federalist contributor Mark Hemingway said:
“Can someone tell me why a newspaper owned by literally the richest man in the world needs to take money from people running concentration camps?”
To be fair the WaPo's crap reporting on China was strongly criticized by the paper’s own ombudsman in its own pages. But nothing changed. Aside from Human Events, the articles I've linked to come from the Croaking Cassandra blog and exceed in detail and relentless coverage anything you'll find in the local reporting of the NZ MSM.

I did get a bonus black comedy laugh out of another WaPo-China Daily page that Human Events showed:

Whether it's politicians or the MSM, China knows how to spend its money effectively to gain influence in foreign circles and create a soft propaganda wall of defence in the West against attacks on its military and foreign policy plans and objectives - whether the slow strangulation of Hong Kong and the bullshit China is pulling on Vietnam and the Phillipines in the-here-and-now, or with Taiwan in the coming ten year timeframe that so worries Captain Fanell.

I have no doubt what the veterans of Midway and D-Day would have said about how democracy dies, but they would be appalled at who is killing it, how it is being done, and that the anniversary of one of the worst examples of it is largely ignored by Western leaders at the same time that they make paens to those long-ago victories.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

DID YOU SEE THAT, NO I THOUGHT NOT.



Yesterday Whaleoil posted a clip of the Skynews Outsiders program hosted by Rowan Dean, Rita Panahi and James Morrow, at around 5 30 pm yesterday June 24th

That is what some others see of the Coalition of  losers our MSM constantly refer to as the Ardern Government. Go and take a squiz cos you will never see such analysis on the sycophantic NZ Media.

Just click on the Highlighted whaleoil, link then scroll back to 5 30 yesterday.

Monday, June 24, 2019

On the road to nowhere......

NZ has some unique problems other countries don't face.....

Under investment in the transport sector for thirty years.

An uncompetitive and very slow road building industry.....they would last 5 mins in Europe

A narrow gauge railway system...what were they thinking?

A Railway system that was sold to a US company to make a few very rich, asset stripped and is in dire need of investment and bigger subsidies and hopefully renationalised.

New Zealand is a linear country, population centres run up and down unlike other countries maybe except Chile. This makes it difficult to build to future proof your investment.

Before the usual suspects start with snowflake commie remarks it should be noted that all the worlds railway systems are tax payer subsidised and mostly state owned with the exception of Japan . In fact the price of rail travel is so cheap several countries are thinking of making it free.

It costs nearly as much as the ticket price to collect, account and finance the ticket system in some countries. It is for the economic benefit of the country if goods and people can be moved swiftly and as cheap as possible. Imagine if there was a high speed rail link between Hamilton and Auckland and how that would affect employment and living standards.....35 minutes @ $15  one way. That is the price you would pay in most EU countries.

Moving freight off the road onto rail should be prioritised as apart from road damage it causes pollution, immense frustration, delay and cost to the motorist and to the country.  It is the trucking industry that is being subsidised by the tax payer as money set aside for repairs is mostly wasted unless it is the first repair and done well. Filling pot holes with aggregate and slapping a seal on  is not a repair and will not last. Unless you start with a good  base on a well made road you are wasting time and money which is why investment is needed, not to repair bad roads but to replace them.

It is a balance between road, rail and coastal shipping that is needed but to do that the Government needs more legislative control because as the British found out the hard way privatisation with shareholders dictating investment did not work out well at all. The worst service in the EU, the highest fares and the dirtiest trains....oh, and the best paid CEO’s.





Roads and Bloggers

Having done some work this afternoon on an issue raised by Psycho Milt as a result of a horrific drive he had from Rotorua to Palmy - Great facepalm moments in NZ Journalism - I realised that I did not have to stick to the restrictions of our comments section, so...

First up is this nice little chart here from NZTA, Revenue & Investment flows 2015-2018 (click to enlarge), which they treat as a three-year period:

Obviously that's largely from the previous government but RUC estimated total revenue was $4,292 million, which comes out as an annual average of $1,430 million.

Now the proportions of this that come from the trucking industry itself don't seem to be broken down, but there was this government study from 2009, which had it at 76% (p. 26).

And of course that RUC calculation already includes the “fourth power" calculation.

So that gives us $1,087 million annual average revenue from the trucking industry: it's likely to be a bit higher in 2018/19. And of course that's not counting revenue from their new vehicle registrations and other road-related charges.

















NZTA also has an interactive page on road maintenance spending.



It shows that in 2016/17 the nation spent $609 million on "Pavement and Sealing", which would seem to cover the specific area of complaint about road damage.

That's 37% of the $1.641 billion spent on "Road Maintenance", which also covers things like (you can click through the above chart):

- $235 million, Corridors
- $309 million, Emergency Reinstatement
- $211 million, Environment & Drainage
- $192 million, Network & Property Management
- $ 84 million, Structures

So it looks to me as if the government revenue from the trucking industry alone more than covers all the spending on repairing road surfaces.

There you go! Courtesy of your local, friendly and unpaid blogger you get information the average "ONE News journalist" was either too clueless or too lazy to dig up.

Now if the road surfaces are still crappy then perhaps we should throw another few hundred million per year at them or even more to get them up to spec, and we can bump the trucking charges further if needed to pay for that. I'm a big believer in user-pays!

But before doing that I’d like to take a very close look at those other line items first to see if some of that should not be re-directed to "Pavement and Sealing".

And that’s before looking at re-directing the spending on poor old hopeless KiwiRail - or cycleways.

Not that those railways should be sold off. As driverless trucks become more commonplace we’ll likely just rip up the rails and use the corridors for dedicated robotic truck convoys.

UNFAIR IF NOT BLOODY MINDED.


I am opposed to much that Islam represents at the highest levels of its clerical rulings and tend to include in that opposition the apparent attitude of millions of adherents who failed to call out the excesses of the faith that became very apparent during the short reign of ISIS.

There were almost daily reports on the agents of the head honchos of that extreme manifestation of radical Islam who ruled over the swathe of territory of Iraq and Syria, now re-conquered, even though some of the fractured ISIS  leadership still exists.

Child brides, anti homosexual sanctions, anti-Christian extreme bias, execution of hostages accompanied by humiliation and propaganda production,  denigration of women including the perpetration of sexual assault on captives, and much more, including some somewhat dodgy military practices at odds with what most current military commanders see as acceptable.

For my beliefs in these matters  I get  regular criticism from snowflake lefties for my apparent "Islamaphobia".

By contrast a Christian rugby player makes a religious proclamation on social media well away from any connection to his work and contractural obligations apart from a rather arguable matter of a Verbal" codicil to the written contract signed by Rugby Australia and himself, regarding his right to express opinions on religion, particularly about sinners who transgress a list of supposed "sins", all within the teachings of his religious beliefs.

Suddenly the media and the snowflakes are mounted upon their white chargers to attack.

Forget the suggestions of condemnation for almost all the remaining listed sinners, concentrating on the one relating to homosexuals, leaving "drunks, adulterators, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators" not to be mentioned again?

Not that Mr Joyce, the openly homosexual CEO of major Rugby Australia sponsor Qantas, would have had any input into the focus on those "men lying with other men"  being singled out as needing protection from being 'offended'.

Now it is reported Falau - who has a half a million Lamborghini and a multi million property portfolio - is again in serious error in beginning a "give a little"  appeal on social media, reported this morning to be over $AU 700 000.

Cripes some people are simple: why do they not see the two bigger campaign factors that the seemingly offensive appeal to many is promoting. Forget the money, it is the publicity.

First it reveals there is significant support both in numbers and the dollars promised for Israel Falau's religious stand against what he sees as serious sins being committed. Let's not overlook the outburst was triggered by the Tasmanian State decision on gender fluidity, something that is disquieting for many,  even some with little religious motivation on the matter.

Secondly his decision to seek public funding has little to do with the financial emphasis but it sure is keeping his fight in the media spotlight.

The extreme irony lies in the more murky attitudes of snowflakes who wish to give the beliefs of Islam a higher protection than those for a minor pastor for a rather minor christian sect with, afaik, only the one church in Sydney where his dad is the main man, and Izzy, who just happens to be a better than average rugby union player.

There are a significant group of largely PI rugby players in both rugby  codes here and in Australia who will hold beliefs aligned to those of Falau and his family, who are being cowed into keeping silent under anti-free speech, anti-religion (certain ones) hysteria sweeping a very corrupt world that is too feeble and scared to call Islam for the Centuries old unchanged barbaric beliefs, yet seems only too quick to viciously attack Judaism and Christianity.

More Muldoon Than Muldoon

You should never let a dummy open his mouth in public.

I give you Joe Biden - the gaffaday Democrat.

“I tell you, I do miss Fritz being here,”

He was referring to the late state Governor Hollings who famously said:-

"African diplomats only attend conferences to get a good square meal, rather than eating each other."

Perhaps it was this which inspired Muldoon to lavish similar praise upon Robert Mugabe,

hattip"-  Instapundit.



Great facepalm moments of NZ journalism


Seen on TVNZ:

Truck drivers say Kiwi roads are urgently in need of repair and nothing's being done

Seen on Psycho Milt while watching the report:



While the journos dutifully reported a transport company owner and the chair of the National Road Carriers' Association telling us all how shocking it is that NZ's roads are in such a state of disrepair, I waited for them to ask the fairly obvious question "So, what are your thoughts on what's causing such terrible damage to the country's roads?"  Because it is an obvious question, isn't it?  We all know that damage to road surfaces is largely a factor of vehicle weight, so complaints about the road surface by owners of the country's heaviest vehicles surely a prompts a question about their role in it? Well, apparently not.  Having aired the truckers' complaints, the journos dutifully went to pester the minister about how he's planning to help the poor, hard-done-by trucking industry.

A long time ago, engineers worked out a useful rule of thumb for assessing how much vehicle weight affects road wear, called the fourth-power rule. A useful description is here:

damage to the roadbed is proportional to the 4th power of the axle load of the vehicle, and they called this “the Generalized Fourth Power Law.” This means that if you double the weight on an axle, your vehicle does sixteen times the damage to the road.

In short: a fully-laden big rig is thousands of times harder on the road surface than a car.  "But that's fine, because there are thousands more cars than big rigs on the roads," I hear you demur.  And, in the cities or the rural backwaters, that's true.  It sure as hell ain't true on the nation's main highways though, which are now a frustrating succession of queues behind big rigs.  I drove from Rotorua to Palmerston North this morning and around every fifth oncoming vehicle was a heavy truck of some description, each one doing thousands of times more damage to the road surface than my car.

So, on the one hand these bleating trucking company owners are right - the country's roads are in terrible disrepair and the government urgently needs to do something about it.  On the other hand, what it needs to do about it is start charging road transport companies the actual cost of their damage to the country's roads.  While they're at it, they could figure out the cost of the delays other drivers suffer due to heavy trucks and charge the companies for that, too. A proper tax on carbon would also help - if road haulage wasn't so heavily subsidised, sending long-distance freight by rail would suddenly look a lot more attractive.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

War Crimes


I was struck by an argument that one of my fellow bloggers put up the other day in the comments section of a thread dealing with the latest fallout about the NZ SAS causing civilian deaths in Afghanistan. It seems worthy of wider discussion than just in comments. 
Every occupation force ever has had that problem if the locals decide to fight back, and it seems like most of them end up killing civilians, because to their troops there's no difference. Unfortunately for the NZ Defence Force, as a result of the Wehrmacht and Waffen SS taking a more-than-usually gung ho approach to this back in the 1940s, the world's made it a crime for an occupying force not to recognise a difference between combatants and non-combatants, regardless of how difficult that is.
Actually that was recognised as a crime, or at least a great wrong, long before the 1940's, especially as modern Western-style warfare developed, with the possibility of ever-greater civilian deaths as weapons technology advanced and battlefields enlarged. Similarly with the post-battle situation where the winner occupies the ground won.

In fact it was regarded as so much a crime, that people who refused to identify themselves as combatants and who tried to blend in with the civilian population after doing their attacks, were the ones held to be committing a war crime.

But since that tactic is the standard one of terrorist activity, "modern thought" probably needs to modernise more, otherwise it's never going to be possible to fight back against such people who refuse to recognise that law because they know such refusal gives them their only way to win.

If you condemn the forces trying to fight back against these combatants and killing civilians in the process - which, given the deliberate lack of identification of civilian from combatant will be almost impossible to avoid - then you're effectively abandoning the very laws that are supposed to protect civilians.

The Wehrmacht and SS were convicted, or at least prosecuted, not because they were "gung ho" about this, but because they quite deliberately made no effort to differentiate between combatants and civilians in situations where they easily could have, and also deliberately targeted civilians who had no way to defend themselves or call on others to defend them.

By contrast, Luftwaffe bomber pilots and Wehrmacht artillery officers - and for that matter the Wehrmacht infantry officers who ordered in their strikes, as well as U-boat commanders sinking merchant ships and not rescuing their crews - were never even considered for prosecution for war crimes, even though civilians died in their attacks and it was well understood in advance that they would die. 

The reason was not that their Allied counterparts had done the same, but that such acts were not held to be war crimes for the very sensible reason that it's understood there is a difference between deliberately targeting civilians and killing civilians as you try to come to grips with an enemy trying to kill you. Even the civilians in cities being bombed had anti-aircraft and fighter defences that killed the attackers - something the Untermensch of Eastern Europe entirely lacked once the German front lines swept past them.

These guys are locals legitimately fighting guerrilla warfare against a foreign occupying force.

During the famous Warsaw Uprising in WWII, the Polish people who chose to fight, deliberately identified themselves as combatants as best they could, typically with red-white armbands matching the Polish flag. That truly was guerrilla warfare, which is a legally acknowledged aspect of war fighting. But even guerrillas try to distinguish themselves from civilians, which is one of several things that differentiates them from terrorists. 

Even though they were locals fighting for their homeland against actual Nazis - who they already knew had committed war crimes and knew would commit more - the Polish fighters were willing to abide by that minimal rule of warfare, even if it granted them little or nothing from their enemies.

That is decidely not what the Taliban in Afghanistan and others like them around the world are doing. They are committing a basic war crime every time they fight by pretending to be civilians and using civilians as cover. They do so deliberately. They don't care. In fact they want civilians to be killed because that aids their cause - especially when they have Westerners unwilling to hold them responsible in any meaningful, practical way.

There is no way of preventing them from committing those war crimes other than to capture or kill them. These rules of war have no global court, no global police force to enforce them. In order to have a chance of working they rely upon reciprocity: if that is not permitted then the laws mean nothing.
Modern opinion rightly sees the solution to that difficulty as being to not put your troops in a position where they're a foreign occupation force.
In practice it will mean that soldiers dumped into "peace-keeping" duties as a "foreign occupation force" in a future East Timor or Kosovo, not just an Iraq or Afghanistan, will be nothing more than objects for target practice, under ROE's (Rules Of Engagement) that mean they'll effectively be defenceless. In that case we should just refuse to be part of any future UN force as well - perhaps especially the UN, given their desire for highly restrictive ROE's.

Basically this "modern" thinking effectively gives a thumbs up to waging war through the commission of war crimes - even as it proclaims opposition to war crimes. 

And that's if we're willing to treat these reactions and objections as having been made in good faith by the likes of Hager. I think their bottom-line is simply to make sure that New Zealand, if not the wider Western world, never again takes part in a foreign war.

Fair enough: I just wish they would be as honest and up-front about that as genuine pacifists are.

Ho Ho Ho

Just for David Farrar:-

Embedded video




And my favorite, by a long chalk!

















stilton’s place, stilton, political, humor, conservative, cartoons, jokes, hope n’ change, AOC, concentration camps, Iran, Obama, Trump, Drone, War

















The economic Messiah

A quote assigned to Stalin famously rejected the importance of voters: it’s who counts them that matters. In today's Kremlin, how they are counted is, it would seem, just as important.

Last week, a new poll by state pollsters VTsIOM revealed a worrying state of affairs for the Kremlin elite. Only 31.7 per cent of respondents said they trusted their president. The new baseline, which represented a 13-year low, led usually loyal publications to conclude that Russians were close to being totally fed up with Vladdy.

Oh what to do, what to do.......I know we’ll change the methodology. Eureka, now the most trusted man on the planet.

And on the other side of the pond Vladdy is still running rings around the White house incumbent. Russia is still feeding “technical” experts into Venezuela which is quietened done somewhat..1-nil.

 Agreed that Huawei could run Russia’s emerging 5G comms system...wow, the most private paranoiac country in the world. Must have closed all the back doors...2-nil.

Now we have a Russia/Iran trade deal in energy supplies and I’m sure that will lead to other deals including food and medicine.....3-nil.

In the mean time the red faced child obsessed with what Fox news says about him has reduced the dignity and gravitas of the White House by insulting tweets to whomever incurs his displeasure.


Saturday, June 22, 2019

MY THANKS TO LORD EGBUT

for his comment, in response to my ascertain on another thread that the Operation Burnham Inquiry was costly farce predicated on a lie, that 'my lot' was worse having initiated the Maori Veteran's Kaupapa Inquiry which continues to this day having cost mega bucks.   

Sorry Egbut but get your facts right.   The Waitangi Tribunal is a permanent Commission of Inquiry established under its own Act.   It is beholden only to itself and, as such, can go off on any frolic of fancy as it thinks fit.   The genie was really let out of the bag when 'your lot' initiated a law change allowing the Tribunal to investigate claims extending back to 1840 (prior to that it could only investigate claims post 1975).    The Maori Veterans Kaupapa Inquiry is a creature of that law change.

But all that aside it is timely to have a discussion on whether the Waitangi Tribunal has run its course with the pending settlement of most land claims remembering of course that the Tribunal can only make recommendations that Government (any government) can either accept or reject in whole or in part ... the standout example being their recommendations in respect of the seabed and foreshore dispute which were studiously ignored by the Clark administration (leading to the establishment of the Maori Party).

The Tribunal operates on an inquisitorial basis as opposed to an adversarial one.    It is not bound by the rules of evidence and honestly held belief is given weight.   It has spawned a whole generation of 'researchers' along with a variety of law firms including the good, the bad and the ugly all of whom have fashioned a comfortable living from the grievance industry.   An industry that is self perpetuating.   Old ones are dealt with; new ones arise (or are manufactured).  

For myself I am persuaded to the view that time's up for the Waitangi Tribunal.   It has morphed from settling grievances into promoting and sustaining grievances to the point where it has become the problem rather than the solution.

The answer ... ditch the Waitangi Tribunal and have the Courts determine grievances in the same way as they do for the other 85% of New Zealanders. 

And yes Egbut ... I agree.   The Maori Veterans Kaupapa Inquiry is a farce ... per courtesy of 'your lot'.

I wish I hadn't said that!!

Last night while watching the first couple of hours of the Sri Lanka v England match at Headingly I heard former England Captain Nasser Hussain say - at about the 25/30 over mark.

Not an exact quote because I did not write it down or record it - but he said:

`Sri Lanka have to get a move on - 280 will not be anywhere near enough against this England batting line up.

Well Nasser 232 was more than enough and even 215 might have done the trick.

Friday, June 21, 2019

A 'TAIL' OF TWO PARTIES

For the Conservatives and it's now down to their grassroots membership to decide who will be the UK's next Prime Minister.    Johnson the Brexitier vs Hunt the Remainer.    With Johnson Brexit will happen.   With Hunt, who knows.   What I'm certain of is that if Brexit doesn't happen the Tory Party will split and lose the next election.  

It would be far too easy to write Johnson off as a buffoon and serial philanderer (as if serial philandering has ever been a bar to high political office).    He's certainly no fool evidenced by his winning of a King's Scholarship to study at Eton and then a second scholarship to read Classics at Ballioi College Oxford and he's certainly predictable in his unpredictability but that has to be balanced against his ability to win elections including two as Lord Mayor of London where he defeated 'Red' Ken Livingstone.     Johnson is a risk but he's not bland and perhaps, just perhaps, in populist vs bland (Corbyn), populist could come out 'trumps'.  

Meanwhile on planet Labour all is a twitter.   Tom Watson, Labour's Deputy Leader (perhaps better known for his catchphrase 'I'll never leave Labour but sometimes I feel it's as if Labour's leaving me') is pleading with Corbyn to stop being a pussy and do the right thing and commit the Party to holding a second referendum on Brexit even though it might well cost them seats in those areas, particularly in the North where the Labour vote is concentrated, where the Brexit vote is strong.    And then of course,, galloping to the Tory Party rescue comes John McDonnell, Labour Shadow Chancellor, with his quite extraordinary statement that a Corby led Labour Government would give financial and political support to Cuba's repressive regime and become that countries 'staunchest ally'.     Methinks that will go down in the electorate like a cup of warm sick.   Crosby Textor (or perhaps Topham Guerin) will be rubbing their hands with glee.   Dumb, dumb politics.

I do so luv blood sports.

Your End-Of-Week Nasty Humour

We're closing in rapidly on the 50th anniversary of the first Lunar landing, so I thought I should put this up and get it out of the way.

Mean. But true. And funny if you like dark comedy.


IS IT RESPONSIBLE?


Started by wannabe pollies in Canterbury Regional Council and Nelson City Council, a new divergence from the traditional understanding of the word "emergency" in local body governance has become ever more attractive to radical elements of the Church of Climate Change as a tactical weapon.

That the climate is changing, no argument. Causes, many not fully discovered. But that man will end the planet in short order? Utter bovine male (entire) excrement. The world continues to emerge from the last "Ice Age". Were it not so, there would be nothing like the wonderful, diverse world we have -   now almost able to feed a still-expanding population, in an outstanding accomplishment of man harnessing his intelligence. Substantial  progress that has - since Agincourt, when that hail of arrows from English archers signalled the end of the world as then known - fuelled almost endless predictions that the world was doomed.

As a child of the 1940s I can say that famine was a very real problem for much of the then world. It was almost inevitable for much of  Africa and some of Asia. Communist revolutions managed to perpetrate horrific famines by fiat on their large rural communities in demanding increased levy of produce for the then expanding urbanisation, as a part of the centralised master plan. Famine is something that can be called an "emergency", especially for those starving to death, not so much for the ruling elite.

The recent earthquakes were for many another emergency, as were the localised flooding events  in South Westland, and the fires in Nelson last summer.

Normally declaring an emergency is a step a Mayor and his council can take to deal with an unfolding situation where extraordinary powers to ensure order, safety and security can be invoked, powers that can be quite draconian. The scope of those powers and some ramifications that ensue, lead to a degree of reluctance in coming to such a declaration, for those so charged with the responsibility.

In my ever-humble opinion, the employment of the term 'emergency' recently embarked upon by some elected representatives of the citizenry as a virtual-signalling, attention-grabbing exercise around "climate change" is very irresponsible.

There is a serious threat to the community understanding of when circumstances require a real emergency. Ho hum - might delay with fatal consequences a call to action that declaring a "State of Emergency" involves.

Some of us are old enough to recall a popular children's fable about the "Boy Who Cried Wolf". The guts of that Aesop fable had a boy looking after sheep falsely crying Wolf" just to see the frantic reactions of the villagers. Of course when a real wolf came calling and ate the sheep those same villagers ignored his cries, and in some versions - added as a better illustration of the Boy's stupidity -    the wolf ate the little shepherd boy also. Now that made for a lesson to be learned. All-in-all, just like the other fables of Aesop, there was a vital bit of wisdom for all children.

There have also been in recent times, images of impressionable youngsters being employed as props and participants  in street demonstrations by adherents of The Church of Climate Change - even to the point of being terrified of the impending death of the planet with tears and palpable fear in abundance.

At a point in time where a bunch of manipulative unscrupulous politicians have embarked on a policy target including kindness, honesty and transparency, and also highlighting the recent "wellbeing Budget" towards "solving" the mental health epidemic they claim is crippling so many citizens, is it not just a wee bit stupid to be scaring the bejezus out of "vunerable" "kids"? As if giving clear signals that increased use of Weed will not do enough to give sufficient problems going forward in mental health activities.

Carbon, element number six on the periodic table, has been front-and-centre of almost all the massive advances in human development since the Ice retreated, and it will remain so for as far as most thinking people understand. Plant growth, plastics, fuel for vehicular transport of people and goods, clothing, chemicals for fertilizers and pest control, energy for cooking, heating and life itself, just would not exist without Carbon and its many compounds. Facts that man has successfully embraced and employed as an adjunct to what nature has been delivering since the dawn of time.

My response to the post header is a resounding "NO'

Fridays Fulminations

here is mild moderation.  Normal rules of blogger etiquette and courtesy to blog hosts will apply.with serious transgressors being thrown out.

Unfortunately our system does not allow your comments to show up in the blog post itself.  Just in the comments section.

Visitors might consider the wisdom of using moderate language.

Regards

Adolf

Pub squitter...

Trying to explain politics in general and how we are governed in New Zealand  to a passing  Vloggonian, an inhabitant of the planet Vlog, went something like this.

There are two mobs, one lot are in and do things and the other lot are out and do bugger all. The lot that are in are constantly criticised and fault is found with their every move by the lot that are out.

The lot that are in can’t criticise the lot that are out because the lot that are out don’t actually do anything to get criticised about while  getting paid for doing  bugger all and not accepting criticism.

Sounds very unfair my new found Vlogganian friend said, surely it is better to be out than in?

  Yes I agreed except they say power is an aphrodisiac in that everyone gets a hard on for it and wants to be top dog.  You humans are very strange beings he mused……. you haven't heard the half of it I laughed….wait till I tell you about a bloke called Trump.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

MOVE OVER KAIKOHE ... HAMILTON IS COMING TO GET YOU

I have long thought that Kaikohe had the most depressing main street in the country ... not any more.   Have just returned from four days in Hamilton.    The main thoroughfare (Victoria Street) is a disgrace.   Blocks of empty shops, derelict buildings.  Zero indication of rejuvenation.    By day very little foot traffic and, by night, dark and gloomy punctuated by the odd oasis of light indicating a not so nice bar.

I don't have the answer but an answer is needed because right now the city centre is dying/dead.    Certainly the city fathers have much to answer for ... a Council consumed by internecine warfare and incapable of providing the leadership so sorely needed in order to remedy the situation.    One suspects Sir Ross Jansen will be looking down from on high askance.

In short ... the Hamilton CBD sux.

WHEN WILL THE MEDIA PARTY ACCEPT THEIR HERO IS FULLA....?


NZ defence has just been forced to spend precious funds in their defence of the Hagar lies.

One look at the stewed-prune, face-made-for-radio, countenance of one of the charlatans of the socialist left should have any observer in extreme caution mode as yet again he costs NZ another heap of dosh along, with further destruction of our once proud reputation and place in the world.

Just over two years ago Hagar and co-author Jon Stephenson launched an attack on the NZ SAS, accusing the unit of war crimes in Afghanistan during an action code-named Operation Burnham. The SAS were alleged to have killed innocent women and children of a village. The defence force maintained there were insurgents in the village that the unit had called in US air strikes on: incidentally the name and location of the named village were error-laden.

This morning on Hosking it is breaking that Stephenson has parted company with Hagar the Horrible and admitted they got the basic premise of their book, "Hit and Run", wrong.

War is all too often not very nice as others here know much more than I and the old cliche about history being written by the winners must always be accepted.

The abilities of Hagar should have his accuracy and probity always doubted as a first response - but the media socialist enablers that maintain service as an unelected arm of NZ Labour didn't hold back.

Angel of Saigon

Very good friends of ours recently moved back to the UK after fourteen years in France having sold to a “bloke in the media”.  Two weeks ago  they rang and asked us to pop over and get a few bit’s and pieces that had accidentally been left behind...we have all done that on house moves.

What an interesting afternoon it turned out to be and well worth the 50k drive. It turns out this English bloke used to live in Vietnam and was married to the daughter of one of the NVA’s top generals who was with Ho Chi Minh almost from the beginning.

Cooking wine was breached and I gained some fascinating insights into the country and attitudes following the war. He is a film  producer and currently making a film called Angel of Saigon about a British nurse, Liz Thomas, who ran an orphanage in the city during the height of the war. I wish him all the best in his effort to complete the movie in spite of a few road blocks placed in his path.

You tube it as I have yet to master this fiendish publishing minefield. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

BOOM! Mars takes a hit.


Beautiful isn't it?

That's a fresh crater on the surface of Mars, in the Valles Marineris region. It's about 15-16 metres (49-53 feet) wide and was created sometime between the 18th of February 2017 and the 20th of March 2019. Nobody can be sure of the exact date, let alone time, because we're reliant on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), a spacecraft in a near polar orbit of Mars taking high-resolution pictures of the surface, and it takes a while to cover the same ground twice as the planet spins beneath it.

You can also look at a before-and-after gif here on this Twitter feed. It's hard to miss!

It was created by a rock about 1.5m (5 feet) wide smashing into the planet from space. Something that size would either burn up or be shattered by Earth's atmosphere, but the Martian atmosphere is so thin that such rocks can get through, although there is plenty of crater evidence that it can break them up, probably those that hit at a shallow angle and have a longer re-entry time.

You can get a sense of how it hit because the impact wave stands out clearly - a dark zone where dust was shifted off the surface. Beneath that dust is probably basalt rock, based on what's known of Mars geology and the colors showing in the image. There also are zones with a bluish tint, which may or may not be exposed ice. It seems unlikely because Valles Marineris is in the equatorial zone of the planet, which is warmer, but you never know for sure.

Perhaps NASA just found the next landing zone for one of its future rovers?

Rugby World Cup - Helping Shag with his squad

This time we are looking at the locks and loose forwards and by my calculations the squad will include only three locks with six loose forwards including one who can fill in at lock if required. The extra loose forwards are necessary because of the likely attrition rate through injury in this high collision area.

LOCKS: Very straight forward with Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick and Scott Barrett stand outs. The main contender if they went to four locks would be Patrick Tuipolotu and while it is hard to say he is unlucky he does pay a price for being part of a disappointing Blues franchise. Tom Franklin is a very under rated lock with a massive work rate but it is fair to say he is not in the frame for this World Cup.

LOOSE FORWARDS: A bit tricky here with the need to cover lock in an emergency but even so five of the six are predictable selections so my six are: Keiran Read (Capt), Sam Cane, Ardie Savea, Liam Squire, Shannon Frizzell and Jackson Hemopo. I now want to look at these six and a few other contenders who may be considered unlucky - bearing in mind that any of the omitted players would make almost all of the other world cup countries teams.

Keiran Read - automatic selection and team captain showing glimpses of his best form.
Sam Cane - a Hansen favourite who has had a big impact for the Chiefs since return from a horrendous injury.
Ardie Savea - probably the most improved player in the country in Super Rugby. Will also cover No8.
Liam Squire - looking good in last two games and adds a lot to the All Black game at his best. Timing his run well.
Shannon Frizzell - solid with a high work ethic. Has overtaken a few contenders in the last year.
Jackson Hemopo - the selectors see him as a 6 who can cover lock. Impressive in last two games.

Matt Todd - must be the unluckiest player in the country - turns over more ball than any other 7 but size counts against him.
Vaea Fifita - made big impression two years ago but has not kept it up. Can cover lock.
Akira Ioane - highly touted but does not have the required work rate. Can be devastating in bursts both with the ball and on defence but not in my team.
Luke Whitelock - back up to Read on occasions and provides leadership. Has also played well this year but no room for him at the World Cup.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

There is nothing new under the sun......


By the King, A PROCLAMATION. To Restrain the Spreading of FALSE NEWS.
JAMES R.

ALthough since Our Accession to the Crown, We have Graciously extended Our Royal Mercy and Cle­mency to Our Subjects by several General Pardons, one whereof was lately Published; Yet We are sensible that divers evil disposed Persons, being not Reformed or wrought upon by such Our Grace and Favour, do, notwithstanding, make it their Business by Writing, Printing, or Speaking, to Defame Our Government with False and Seditious News and Reports, thereby intending to amuse Our loving Subjects, and, as far as they are able, to create in them an universal Iealousie and Discontent, especially in this time of Publick Danger, threatned by the intended Invasion upon this Our Kingdom, and consequently to alienate the Hearts of such of Our loving Subjects from Vs, who otherwise would readily yield unto Vs that Aid and Assistance, which by their Natural Alle­giance they are bound to do: And whereas by the Ancient Laws and Statutes of this Realm, great and heavy Penalties are inflicted upon all such as shall be found to be Spreaders of false News, or Promoters of any malicious Slanders and Calumnies, in their ordinary and common Discourses, or otherwise, and more especially upon such who shall utter or publish any Words or Things to incite and stir up the People to Ha­tred or Dislike of Our Person, or the Established Government▪ Notwithstanding which, there have been of late more bold and licentious Discourses than formerly, and Men have assumed to themselves a Liberty, not only in Coffee houses, but in other Places and Meetings▪ both publick and private, to Censure and Defaine the Proceedings of State, by speaking evil of Things they understand not: We therefore considering that Offences of this nature proceed from the restless Malice of evil Persons, or from the careless Demeanour of others, who presume too much upon Our accustomed Elemency and Goodness, have there­fore thought fit by this Our Royal Proclamation, by and with the Advice of Our Privy Council, streightly to Forewarn and Command all Our Subjects▪ of what Estate or Condition they be, that they presume not henceforth, either by Writing, Print­ing or Speaking, to utter or publish any false News or Reports whatsoever, or to intermeddle with the Affairs of State or Govern­ment, or with the Persons of any of Our Counsellors or Ministers in their common and ordinary Discourses, as they will An­swer the contrary at their utmost Perils.

And because all Bold and Irreverent Speeches touching matters of this high Nature, and all Malicious and False Reports tending to Sedition, or the Amusement of Our People, are punishable not only in the Speakers, but in the Hearers also, un­less they do speedily reveal the same unto some of Our Privy Council, or some other of Our Iudges or Iustices of the Peace; Therefore that all Persons may be left without Excuse, who shall not hereafter contain themselves within that modest and du­tiful regard which becomes them, We do further Declare, That We will proceed with all Severity and Rigour against all such Persons who shall be guilty of any such malicious and unlawful Practices by Writing, Printing, or other Publication of such false News and Reports, or who shall receive or hear the same, without revealing or giving Information thereof as afore­said, in due time; We being resolved to suppress the said Enormities by a most strict and exemplary Punishment of all such Offen­ders as shall hereafter be discovered▪ And We do hereby streightly Charge and Command all and singular Our Iudges, Iu­stices of the Peace, Sheriffs, May [...]s, Bayliffs, and all other Our Officers and Ministers whatsoever, to take effectual Care for the speedy Apprehension, Prosecution, and severe Punishment of all such Persons who shall at any time hereafter be found Offen­ders herein.

    Given at Our Court at Whitehall the 26th day of October, 1688. In the Fourth Year of Our Reign.

    God save the King.

Humans and Reality (Updated)

An interesting analysis of actual causes of death compared to the most common Google searches for them, compared to New York Times coverage of them, compared to The Guardian's coverage of them.

Amusing that The Guardian is little different to the NYT, since that's not how they see themselves.


I think that this demonstrates two things that we already knew about the NYT and The Guardian and probably the rest of the MSM as well, including Fox News.

First, that the phrase that became prominent in the 1970's about local TV stations in the US - "If it bleeds, it leads" - applies just as much as ever, and to supposedly "high class" media outlets like the two that were studied, whatever their pretensions to solid, deep reporting. That stuff's expensive, while reporting on crime and death is cheap, and probably gets larger audiences.

Secondly, it demonstrates that the reason for this is that humans focus on the dramatic rather than the mundane, on bad news rather than good news. On death; deaths of individuals, deaths of societies,  the death of the planet.  The MSM are simply led even further in those directions by their desperate desire for readers and viewers and the need to do it as cheaply as possible.

Now none of this is new information, but it's nice to see it confirmed with actual data. And of course Social Media is even worse in leading people down rabbit holes of hysterical insanity. You could probably accuse blogs of doing the same, but even in their heyday I don't think they were as bad as Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr and the rest.

And as recent articles and thought-pieces have concluded, they're doing this because human brains are wired this way - except that they're much better at tweaking those brains for clicks and attention than the old MSM ever was. Facebook's constantly changing algorithms are designed entirely around keeping people ginned up in their echo chambers and looking at the screen for the next dopamine hit.
On social media, a “share” or “retweet” takes but a second, and research indicates that most people never read anything but the headline before sharing. This facilitates the rapid spread of outrage mobs, conspiracy theories and hysteria. 
Things are made worse by the fact that social media sites operate under algorithms that promote “engagement,” which generally means emotion. And because, as tech visionary Jaron Lanier has written, the easiest emotions to engage are the negative emotions, the effect of social media platforms’ algorithms is to amplify negative feelings. 
The more you use them, the angrier and sadder you’re likely to become. (And they’re quite consciously designed to be addictive.)
It's pretty ugly. Hardly a surprise that it's turned out that many of these tech titans won't let their own kids play with their products.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Mines for dummies......(UPDATE)


We in the trade call these Hull magnets for the use of.  Mainly used for mooring small craft like tenders, pilot boats and supply craft along side large vessels. Can also be used in series along a hull to secure inspection divers. Supply craft and tenders are usually recognised by a lot people standing around wearing life vests.

Also known in some parts of the world as limpet mines whose purpose is to give inspection divers an income.


 I don't suppose any one clocked the time of this "enhanced" night video that was taken with thermal cameras atttt.......1318hrs, that is 18 minutes past one in the afternoon in old money...but wait the choppers cameras  might have been set to GMT  which is.....9:15 in the morning. C'mon navy show us the real movie...we can take it, wer'e grown ups.



LEAVE THEM OUT OF IT.


Since forever it has been widely regarded, and rightly so, to leave the children of Politicians out of the rather unseemly world their parents, or at least one parent, has chosen to be involved in, whether to serve or to make monetary gains otherwise denied.

I sold Real Estate for a few years after Douglas, correctly in my opinion, severed the primary industries reliance on government interventions which came almost too often in the form of distorting subsidies. In the face of this, additional income seemed a great idea.

One thing I would regard as singularly emphatic from that life is how the demands of 'work' are always a serious threat to family life and I personally would suggest that for a parent with dependent children - do not go there. The phone rings and there is income at stake, everything else will be subverted if any degree of success is desired.

Back to politics: not a life many might choose and the strains on relationships litter the landscape with a still largely accepted media agreement to leave the personal out of all discussion.

Of course the Ross affair had some seeing a need to enlarge on what the public knew as background and perhaps explanation for what seemed on the surface to be sordid and unhelpful rumour mongering.

Lange's marriage breakdown did have some public justification as infidelity in marriage has some potential ramifications when a Leader appears to often seem a tad hypocritical between public and private matters; in Lange's case his chosen bench player was his speech writer.

The children of participating Pollies are mere pawns and some of the scrapes and "incidents" that in normal lives are almost run of the mill should be treated no differently for those who, for whatever reason, choose to live the god-awful life. In particular for an "Electorate" MP, where to be seen as hard-working has the poor buggers showing up for an envelope opening.

The casualties we know of are too many: Rowling and Anderton both lost a child to suicide during high profile political careers. There will be others who have had humdrum bits of growing up made more serious because of a political connection; Annette Kings daughter and a Ministerial car comes to mind.

Jenny Shipley had school-age children during her Prime Ministership and I recall little reference to them in political discourse. Then followed the childless Clark years. What a difference a decade makes. Enter John Key and his two children, school-age and beyond. Daughter Stephanie went to do uni in Paris yet still suffering fool wannabe journos who couldn't leave well alone. As for son Max, he has done little different to many of his age, yet it seems that whenever a copy-chasm comes along some moronic Media idjit thinks Max is news.

C2018/19: a Prime minister appointed by a charlatan seizing a late chance at an improbable leadership role, and a subsequent pregnancy leading to headline news and womens magazines frontpages for his puppet - and lo and behold Neve becomes a political asset.

Prior to the Birth, flawed Speaker Mallard made some dark references to anyone using Babee Neeve for political use, coming in for as yet never-announced sanctions. It seems no one told the political managers of our esteemed PM or the sycophantic MSM.

It cannot be coincidental that whenever things go awry in the government - and that is increasingly occurring in regularity - a puff piece appears in carefully managed press ejaculations as to Babee Neeve and the latest domestic affairs that, to mums and dads everywhere since time began, seem somewhat less than memorable - apart perhaps for some prick relly who might toss something into a 21st birthday or similar.

There is no "first family" in this country, a fact an endless stream of politicians, in particular socialist ones, have lauded as a country where jack is as good as his master, since forever. There will be unusual stresses that the child of the current PM will have to contend with. The media might like to review how they respond to the machinations of Frazer House and the 9th floor staff in possibly creating a monster.

Yes the Parents are complicit, but - while the management of their personal life has some serious shortcomings in the eyes of some - as parents they must get control back and give her the time and space to be as normal a child as is possible.

Having watched the "arranged marriage" foisted on Helen Clark by James Anderton - acted out as a political manipulation - I truly fear that this little girl needs far more privacy.

To hell with Political manipulators: wont somebody think of the child. For all that really matters, find another squirrel.

Lassie and the White Supremacist


“Western civilisation” – a dog whistle term for white supremacy".

That's from The Spinoff, New Zealand's 21st century answer to The Listener, reporting the shocking news that the concept of Western Civilisation is being used by certain groups and persons to push theories of white racial supremacy.

Perhaps the "reporters" would be less shocked if they knew the history of this idea? Or perhaps it’s just convenient to forget that it was Leftists like them who first promoted it.

The first time I ever heard this theory was at university in the mid-1980’s, and it wasn’t being pushed by the “alt-right” or “white supremacists”.

No, it was being promoted by a tiny handful of Leftist academics and student activists. Their aim, as they explained, was to push “Western Civilisation” off its pedestal by making clear that it was dependent on things like racism, colonialism, slavery, etc – and that it was all down to Whites, especially White Men.

And this wasn't just New Zealand. Here's an article discussing the impact of Jesse Jackson's march at Stanford University in 1988 with its oft-repeated rallying cry of  "Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Western Civ Has Got to Go":
The idea was to throw out the university's required courses on Western Culture because they were filled with "European and Western male bias" and replace them with courses that teach non-Western cultures and "works by women, minorities, and persons of color."
Wish granted!

At least judging by today, where countless university "Liberal Arts" programmes in the USA have dumped stuff from Shakespeare to St Augustine, da Vinci to Voltaire, or at the very least dropped them as compulsory for learning about Western civilisation. Instead the emphasis was on whatever writers, artists and historians best emphasised the "Racism, Sexism and Imperialism" of our shitty Western inheritance.

Similarly with the more recent outgrowths of Identity Politics and Intersectionality Theory, which divide people up on the basis of things like skin colour, gender and other factors not controlled by people. The complete abandonment of Martin Luther King’s call to judge people by the "content of their character". Of course the idea is also to then weld them together again for voting purposes by providing a common enemy, which is White People.

The result may have been a victory in academia for the 60's radicals who dreamed of overthrowing the teaching of the institutions they so angrily attended, but the cost has started to mount, as the WSJ reported in 2017:
The number of humanities degrees declined by almost 9% between 2012 and 2014, according to a 2016 analysis from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. That led to a drop in humanities’ share of all bachelor’s degrees to 6.1% in 2014, the lowest level since record-keeping began in 1948.
Well naturally. What normal, questioning, thinking human being wants to be in courses where it's less about being intellectually challenged than being indoctrinated, and emerging with a Bachelor's Degree that can't even demonstrate that you can think? See also a previous article, Generating Degeneracy: The Clerisy, and Generating Degeneracy: The Plebs.

But even as this virus kills its original host it has spread into government institutions and even corporations, where it is being weaponised. A good recent example was from an educational effort aimed at teachers and administrators in the New York Public School System, led by its new Chancellor Richard Carranza. The effort was called "Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups", and here is a photo of one slide from what was presented:



A "Sense of Urgency", like being on time for your job?

For much of that, no White Supremacist could have said it better. It's also a fine example of the mirror-image quality of the Alt-Right and the Del-Left. Do these people even listen to themselves? They're actually reinforcing what White Supremacists believe about themselves and "their" civilisation.

So toxic has this insanity become that when some Asian parents inquired as to where their kids fitted into this Black/White divide - it should be noted that Asians out-perform all other racial and ethnic groups in the New York School system - they were told that:
... Asians were on the upper rungs, enough in “proximity to white privilege” to “benefit from white supremacy,”...
And don't imagine for one moment that this is not headed for New Zealand, as Professor Elizabeth Rata recently wrote in an article at newsroom.co.nz, Abandoning Reason:
This is the case with the article in the [Waikato Journal of Education]. For the authors there is an unbreakable knower-knowledge tie. They insist that there is no independent knowledge for us to share universally, that how we know something is always tied to who we are, and who we are comes from our culture. But without the idea of universal knowledge which is beyond culture we are doomed to talk past each other.
...
For reasoned conversation to occur there needs to be agreement about reason itself. The premise informing all modern knowledge is that there is a reality which exists independently of us, the ‘knowers’. What’s more, we can know this reality.
Or as an article recently stated at Sarah Lawrence College in the USA about a petition for free speech:
The petition prioritizes the protection of ideas over the protection of people and fails to recognize that behind every idea is a person with a particular subjectivity.
Which is the standard take nowadays: that was no fringe example. Post-Modernism is the foundation here. There is no truth. There is no “objectivity.” Objectivity is a myth. There are only individual and wholly subjective perspectives that are equal truths: "Ways of Knowing".

I suppose we should be grateful that it's just a bunch of Left-wing academics pushing this idea. I mean what could happen if our political leaders starting thinking like this, especially a President of the United States?

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Life in the alternative universe

The crackpot president of the USA has so snarled up the gangplank to truth these past 29 months that no matter how much “evidence” he and his crew produce to prove that the Iranians have been trying to blow up oil-tankers in the Gulf – or not quite blow them up – the pictures have a kind of mesmeric quality about them.

Trump's 2017 inauguration photos were edited to “prove” that there were more supporters on the Washington Mall than actually went there. And now his administration, anxious to prove that the Iranians are attacking oil tankers, releases video footage of Iranians actually removing a limpet mine from the hull of a Japanese vessel.
Well that proves it then, doesn’t it? Those pesky Iranians can’t even bomb their targets professionally – so they go back later to retrieve a mine/mooring clamp because it probably says “Made in Iran” .

Because that would give them away, wouldn’t it? Then it emerges that the tanker crew believe they were attacked with airborne munitions – and mines don’t fly. Another crew on another bombed ship suggest a torpedo. And on the basis of this, Washington is now “building a consensus” among its allies for the “decisive” response which Trump’s Saudi chums are demanding against Iran in revenge for these and earlier non-lethal attacks off the Emirates.

 When US munitions – dropped by the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates – are blowing up Houthi rebels, schools, hospitals, wedding parties, etc, in Yemen – why should it be surprising if the Houthis use Iranian munitions to try to blow up Saudi airports? With a little more training, the Houthis might even reach the technical prowess of their Saudi and Emirati enemies by also firing rockets at schools, hospitals and wedding parties, etc, in Saudi Arabia.


Perhaps it’s the sheer exhaustion of reading through the volumes of mendacity from the White House on Trump’s support for the Middle East’s vicious Arab dictators and head-choppers – and corpse chopper-uppers – that I’d almost convinced myself that it was the deceitful, lying, belligerent Iranians who reneged on the solemn nuclear deal, falsely claiming that Washington had not honoured the agreement.


But then, of course, I remembered that it was the deceitful, lying, belligerent Americans who reneged on the solemn nuclear deal signed by everybody except God, falsely claiming that Tehran had not honoured the agreement.
But that’s life in Trumpworld right now.
The Iranians, who have always understood the west much better than the west has ever understood the Iranians, know very well how to deny a drone here and a limpet mine there while ever more diligently tugging another feather or two out of the American eagle. The Iranians are no innocents.

Courtesy of Robert Fisk










Ho Ho Ho



Police chase ends when alleged thief crashes into prison farm (NSW)

stilton’s place, stilton, political, humor, conservative, cartoons, jokes, hope n’ change, trump, stephanopoulos, opponents, information, hillary, obama, treason, ABC News

stilton’s place, stilton, political, humor, conservative, cartoons, jokes, hope n’ change, biden, cure cancer, cancer, videogames, violence, gun control











A case of double dicking?