They never, ever, strike at, for example, a “gun fair” such as the type they have in the US.
And if Breivik was so concerned about muslims, he had not one – but TWO wars where he could have enlisted amnd joined armies that are currently fighting a muslim enemy.
And if it’s marxists he wanted to target – there are heaps of them in North Korea and Cuba.
But instead, he picked an island filled with young, unarmed people. No marxists and no muslim extremists. Just young men and women of his own society.
So why do these nuts target the innocent and unarmed?
Because I suspect that these psychopaths are actually, deep down, cowards. They are afraid of a world they cannot understand, nor cope with, and where phantom ‘enemies’ are hiding around every corner.
I admire the Norwegians. They have declared that they will maintain an open, democratic society.
Could you imagine if a similar (gods forbid) situation occurred here in New Zealand? The government would be passing new laws at warp speed; increasing police powers; and making every effort to look like “they are doing something”.
I guess this is another example of Europe being more mature, as a society, than New Zealand…
In the same issue of “Woman’s Day” that features blonde, bosomy babes in bikinis on the cover; tucked away at the bottom left, is an article on that most bizarre, and obscene, activity – child “beauty” pageants. The story relates to six-year old Eden Wood, an American (of course!) child who has been “tarted up” and entered into US child “beauty” pageants.
Little Eden is evidently travelling to a similar-styled “pageant” in Australia.
God help us, but it seems that this American-inspired, legally-sanctioned child pornography, is coming Down Under. And I have zero doubt that there are enough warped parents in this country who would likewise turn their children into “Las Vegas showgirls”, complete with “bump’n’grind” stripping routines.
The mother of Eden Wood justifies the sexualised exploitation of her daughter by declaring,
“If you see sex when you look at my six year old child, that’s not her fault. It’s a sign of somebody being sick in the mind. “
Congratulations, Ms Wood; you’ve just given a good enough reason to justify child porn. After all, “if you see sex when you look at a six year old child, that’s not her fault. It’s a sign of somebody being sick in the mind.” So let’s have plenty of images of kiddie porn, right?
I sincerely hope that this US-inspired, sexualised exploitation of young children never comes to this country. I, for one, (and the rest of our household) would be protesting outside any venue that held such a travesty.
Make no mistake, this is not children playing “dress ups”. This is not innocent “fun”. This is adults sexualising children for their own misguided, perverse pleasure. Such parents may not understand the implications of these child “beauty” pageants – but those implications exist nonetheless.
This is nothing less than socially “acceptable” paedophilia, served up by mothers and fathers, to the Raincoat Brigade.
It has no place in our country.
[Note: The movie, “Little Miss Sunshine“, is a satirical look at the phenomenon of child “beauty” pageants, and pokes fun at the entire concept. The end scene is both insanely funny – and with a dark, underlying message as well. The movie is available on dvd, and I recommend it. ]
– Thursday, 28 July 2011
… and as we all know, “soul sisters” are best photographed when they are both nubile young blondes, in scanty white bikinis.
I do believe that “Woman’s Day” has breached a new demographic market; young, heterosexual males, with testosterone in their veins instead of blood.
Well done, “Woman’s Day“.
Move over “Playboy“.
OPINION: MMP was supposed to give power to the people, and it has delivered parliaments that are truly representative of New Zealand society.
But even its most ardent fans must despair at the way politicians manipulate the system through backroom deals over electorate seats, such as those between National and UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne in Ohariu, and National and ACT in Epsom. Though such agreements may be within the rules of MMP, the cynicism that lies behind them is certainly not within the spirit.
In Ohariu, National is encouraging its supporters to give their electorate votes to Mr Dunne, and it is poised to send a similar message in Epsom, where ACT’s survival depends on John Banks winning.
National is motivated by a desire to ensure partners to balance the influence of the Maori Party, its only other coalition option should it be unable to govern alone. In the case of ACT, it is also eyeing the potential for Mr Banks to bring in up to two more MPs, based on the party’s 2 per cent support in today’s Fairfax Research International poll. National will be reluctant to see that centre-Right support wasted if ACT loses Epsom and falls short of the 5 per cent threshold for list-only seats.
Deal-making over electorates is nothing new under MMP, but it has gone from being an occasional accommodation in one or two seats to a regular feature. Suggestions that ACT stand aside in several marginal seats to maximise National’s electorate vote and stop Labour winning them back take the manoeuvring to a whole new level, and few parties are immune.
Despite Labour leader Phil Goff’s criticism of the National deals in Ohariu and Epsom, his party has been happy to give allies an easy ride when it suits. His insistence that Labour has always gone all-out to wrest Wigram from Progressives leader Jim Anderton is contradicted by the campaigns it has run there. It spent just $5425.19 in the electorate at the last election, hardly a war chest primed for victory.
Nor are the Greens above the deal-making. Ohariu candidate Gareth Hughes offered to campaign for the party vote only and encourage his supporters to give their electorate vote to Labour’s Charles Chauvel to oust Mr Dunne. That offer has allowed Mr Dunne to defend his deal with National on the ground that he is only engaging in the same tactics as his opponents though those with longer memories will recall this is not the first time National has given him an easy ride.
Of course, it is up to voters to decide who they back, but they must consider that they might not get what they bargained for. National supporters who took the hint and voted for Mr Dunne in Ohariu in 2005 may have been unhappy to find him taking a ministerial warrant in a Labour government a few weeks later.
With MMP’s future on the line in a referendum in this year’s election, how the people feel about such machinations will be put to the test. It would be deeply ironic if a system that was supposed to end the cynicism of politicians met its own end because of it.
Attempts to manipulate MMP can only succeed if we, the People, play the politicians’ games.
At least these machinations are out in the open, for all to see, judge, and vote accordingly. Under FPP, everything was hidden behind closed doors and no one had a clue what the main parties were getting up to.
It may be distasteful, but I prefer the open transparency of MMP rather than the closed-shop of FPP (or it’s bastardised cousin, Supplementary Member).
I also totally dismiss the editorial comment; “Nor are the Greens above the deal-making. Ohariu candidate Gareth Hughes offered to campaign for the party vote only and encourage his supporters to give their electorate vote to Labour’s Charles Chauvel to oust Mr Dunne…”
The Greens have always been a Party List vote only. Not since Ms Fitzsimmons lost Coromandel in 2002 have they gone for the Electorate vote, anywhere in NZ. So claims that the Greens are “dealing” is not accurate: they have always gone for the Party Vote only.
If the US government defaults on it’s loan obligations, the entire world economy will feel the consequences. In a manner of speaking, like several US corporations, America is “too big to fail” – the consequences would affect every person on this planet.
I’ve always believed that – because US policies impact on all our lives – that all citizens of Earth should be allowed to vote in their elections.
Who knows – maybe we can help our American cuzzies to elect better representatives for their government?
So much for the tax cuts in April 2009 and October 2010.
With the rise in gst, ACC, Kiwisaver premiums, and soon Fuel Excise Duty, Road User Charges, and motor vehicle registration fees – the tax cuts will have been mostly negated for low and middle income earners.
And not forgetting, of course, that gst will also apply to Road User Charges as well as vehicle registration fees…
Are we feeling any better of?
There is probably some rational reason for a victim of domestic violence to be re-victimised by Immigration authorities…
… but strangely enough, I can’t think what that reason might be?!
When Govt Departments Go Mad 2…
While Charmain Timmons faces deportation (after her residency application was denied because her then-husband was convicted for crimes against her), the Sunday Star Times listed individual who had been given residency after fighting their deportation orders;
Samoan Troy Lologa, 27, who stabbed a man to death in a fight outside a South Auckland Burger King.
Fijian Ramendra Shankar, 62, who indecently assaulted an eight-year-old girl.
South African Kim Gillian Knoll, 22, convicted of attempted murder for stabbing her two-year-old son in the stomach.
Samoan Autalavou Taafi, 47, who raped a woman colleague whom he was giving a ride home.
Samoan Faaua Faataape, 46, who while driving drunk and stoned, crashed, hitting a child and dragging the child under the car.
Tongan Metui Ma’umalanga, 44, who punched and kicked his epileptic wife into unconsciousness then assaulted a police officer. Ma’umalanga was previously convicted of assaulting his wife with a stabbing or cutting implement, drink-driving and male assaults female.
Fijian Pranesh Pratap, 28, who assaulted his wife from an arranged marriage, hospitalising her for four days, after an argument because he would not stop seeing his girlfriend, who he had also assaulted.
Malaysian Tung Seng Chang, 35, convicted of being part of “a substantial operation involving the supply and manufacture of methamphetamine”.
Samoan Setafano Leota, 39, who was jailed for beating his 10-year-old daughter about the face and body with a piece of wood.
Australian Adeline Rogers, 28, who threatened to blow up a Child Youth and Family building and kill her sister-in-law.
Tongan Anoti Vaka, 43, convicted of four assaults against his children including causing grievous bodily harm to his daughter by cutting her head with a knife.
South African Grant Deetlefs, 28, who supported his drug habit through the aggravated robbery of a service station he worked at.
So let’s see if we have this right…
Convicted of violence, drug-use, rape, robbery, murder – residency approved.
Victim of violence by ex-partner – residency denied.
Yes, folks, we have just crossed over into… The Twilight Zone.
Merje DDM, which grew out of the collapse of buggy maker Tritec, focuses mainly on providing seating for theatres and auditoriums in New Zealand and Australia, but has now completed a new range of train seats developed from the ground up.
The firm has its origins in Brugger, a big Hutt Valley supplier of seating components in the 1960s, when many of the world’s car makers had factories in the area.
Brugger was later sold and renamed Kenson Industries. As protections on the vehicle sector were removed, Kenson began moving into other areas, including other types of seats, plus buggies for infants.
When that company collapsed in 1998, some of the remnants were gathered together to become Tritec. Based in Gracefield, Tritec built up a large business focused on buggies, but it also fell into receivership in 2008.
It was later bought out of receivership by another Wellington company, Phil & Ted’s, which was mainly interested in the Mountain Buggy brand, closing the production side.
Miles Fowler, who used Tritec to make theatre seats which he then sold in New Zealand and Australia, faced losing a key customer, so negotiated to keep some of the manufacturing capability, taking over the seat-making business.
Merje – a name made from the initials of Fowler and another director Jesse Paenga, along with their partners – was formed and the firm does most of its business providing seats used in theatres and lecture halls, with one of its largest customers Victoria University.
“They tend to be quite large projects, but there is often gaps between them,” Fowler said.
This gave the company scope to submit a proposal for the AK carriages from KiwiRail, a contract which was first mooted to Tritec. One of about 30 initial proposals, Merje was one of three firms short-listed for the train project, providing samples used elsewhere in the KiwiRail network.
It designed a product that is largely locally made and which is now being delivered.
Fowler says a key advantage of the company’s seats was the fire- proof graphite foam from Acma Industries, another long-established manufacturer, based in Upper Hutt.
Palmerston North’s Fibreglass Developments provided the fibreglass backing of the seats, while other firms in the region provided components used in the seats.
“A couple of things came from Auckland, but essentially they’re 100 per cent manufactured here. We try to stick as close as we can to the Wellington, Lower Hutt area.”
Fowler said Merje, which has about a dozen staff, was expected to have turnover of about $3 million this year.
The $29 million cost of giving Chinese firms a contract for 300 new flat-top wagons was not just monetary – but it has cost fellow 70 New Zealanders their jobs in Dunedin and Wellington. Plus probably more, in terms of flow-on jobs generated from losing such a lucrative contract.
We will not grow our economy, nor generate jobs, if we continually opt for “the cheaper option”. There has to be a will and conscious decision to make job-creation our #1 economic priority. Any government that does not understand this is bereft of understanding, and derelict in their duty.
The people of Dunedin made their feelings known on this matter at a public rally on July 9…
As Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said on the day, the decision to award a contract to overseas firms and cut back on local employment was “short-sighted, simplistic and destructive”. He further added,
“This issue here is about the sum total of all those things, and much much more. Communities need to work, in both senses of the word.” (Text of full speech.)
“This is frankly a form of economic vandalism. What are we mounting here? An economic development strategy for China?”, the Mayor has demanded.
Otago Chamber of Commerce president Peter McIntyre said,
“… the threat was not just to Hillside jobs, but about 120 other job losses that would follow. We cannot afford this to happen.”