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General Debate 26 January 2015

January 26th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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General Debate 25 January 2015

January 25th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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General Debate 24 January 2015

January 24th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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Metiria says Key’s views are warped, outrageous and deeply offensive

January 24th, 2015 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Greens co-leader Metiria Turei launched a stinging attack on John Key in his absence at Ratana today, saying his view of New Zealand’s history was “warped, outrageous and deeply offensive”.

I remind readers of the Green Party Values:

Engage respectfully, without personal attacks

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General Debate 23 January 2015

January 23rd, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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General Debate 22 January 2014

January 22nd, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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General Debate 21 January 2015

January 21st, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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General Debate 20 January 2015

January 20th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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General Debate 19 January 2015

January 19th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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General Debate 18 January 2015

January 18th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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General Debate 17 January 2015

January 17th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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General Debate 16 January 2015

January 16th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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Punked

January 15th, 2015 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

An Instagram picture which appeared to show the Prime Minister’s son Max Key with a suspected felon turned out to be a teenage hoax.

Max Key this week posted a picture online of himself at a golf course with whom he claimed was Dan Bilzerian, an American trust fund beneficiary, poker player and part-time actor who is facing criminal charges in the US.

“Having a hack with @danbilzerian”, the photograph’s caption says.

The picture fooled a few observers, including the Herald, TVNZ and others.

Commenters on the Instagram picture ranged from confused – “Is that him?” – to disgusted.

Kiwi singer Lorde expressed her distaste below the photograph: “Bleugh”.

The bearded person is actually a friend of Max’s who has a strikingly similar appearance to Bilzerian.

Maybe the lesson for the media is that pictures on a teenager’s Instagram feed are not really news.

A rather good punking.

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General Debate 15 January 2015

January 15th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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General Debate 14 January 2014

January 14th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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General Debate 13 January 2014

January 13th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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General Debate 12 January 2014

January 12th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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NZ child poverty at lower end of developed countries

January 11th, 2015 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

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Using this measure, NZ has less child poverty than Ireland, the UK, Canada, Japan and France.

Not that I think 60% of median income is a good measure. On that measure there is arguably no child poverty in North Korea as the median income is so low, that everyone is within 60% of it.

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The blame for the Charlie Hebdo murders

January 10th, 2015 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

A great column by George Packer in the New Yorker:

The murders today in Paris are not a result of France’s failure to assimilate two generations of Muslim immigrants from its former colonies. They’re not about French military action against the Islamic State in the Middle East, or the American invasion of Iraq before that. They’re not part of some general wave of nihilistic violence in the economically depressed, socially atomized, morally hollow West—the Paris version of Newtown or Oslo. Least of all should they be “understood” as reactions to disrespect for religion on the part of irresponsible cartoonists.

They are only the latest blows delivered by an ideology that has sought to achieve power through terror for decades.

It’s an ideology just as repugnant as fascism and communism – and one incompatible with democratic societies.

It’s the same ideology that sent Salman Rushdie into hiding for a decade under a death sentence for writing a novel, then killed his Japanese translator and tried to kill his Italian translator and Norwegian publisher. The ideology that murdered three thousand people in the U.S. on September 11, 2001. The one that butchered Theo van Gogh in the streets of Amsterdam, in 2004, for making a film. The one that has brought mass rape and slaughter to the cities and deserts of Syria and Iraq. That massacred a hundred and thirty-two children and thirteen adults in a school in Peshawar last month. That regularly kills so many Nigerians, especially young ones, that hardly anyone pays attention.

Because the ideology is the product of a major world religion, a lot of painstaking pretzel logic goes into trying to explain what the violence does, or doesn’t, have to do with Islam. Some well-meaning people tiptoe around the Islamic connection, claiming that the carnage has nothing to do with faith, or that Islam is a religion of peace, or that, at most, the violence represents a “distortion” of a great religion.

He explains:

A religion is not just a set of texts but the living beliefs and practices of its adherents. Islam today includes a substantial minority of believers who countenance, if they don’t actually carry out, a degree of violence in the application of their convictions that is currently unique. Charlie Hebdo had been nondenominational in its satire, sticking its finger into the sensitivities of Jews and Christians, too—but only Muslims responded with threats and acts of terrorism. For some believers, the violence serves a will to absolute power in the name of God, which is a form of totalitarianism called Islamism—politics as religion, religion as politics. “Allahu Akbar!” the killers shouted in the street outside Charlie Hebdo. They, at any rate, know what they’re about.

These thoughts don’t offer a guide to mitigating the astonishing surge in Islamist killing around the world. Rage and condemnation don’t do the job, nor is it helpful to alienate the millions of Muslims who dislike what’s being done in the name of their religion.

This is key, and it is worth remembering that one of those killed by the terrorist was a Muslim police officer. He died defending the right of Charlie Hebdo, to publish material he was personally probably offended by.

But the murders in Paris were so specific and so brazen as to make their meaning quite clear. The cartoonists died for an idea. The killers are soldiers in a war against freedom of thought and speech, against tolerance, pluralism, and the right to offend—against everything decent in a democratic society. So we must all try to be Charlie, not just today but every day.

Hear hear.

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General Debate 10 January 2014

January 10th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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General Debate 9 January 2014

January 9th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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General Debate 8 January 2014

January 8th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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Oil prices last five years

January 7th, 2015 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

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That’s such a dramatic drop in the last six months. Long may it continue.

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General Debate 7 January 2015

January 7th, 2015 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel
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Dotcom compares US to Nazis and him to their victims

January 6th, 2015 at 7:07 pm by David Farrar

This was at the end of a series of tweets complaining about the Department of Justice seizing a car he gave to his mother, and freezing his assets  etc.

He complains there has been no trial, yet that is because he has done everything possible to stop the trial from occurring.

But considering Dotcom is known to have a signed copy of Mein Kamph, and has kept or worn other Nazi memorabilia, it is rather sickening to have him try and compare what has happened to him, to what the Nazis did to the Jews. And for good taste he points out Jews run Hollywood.

This is the guy Laila Harre and scores of others on the left were working for.

In the responses to his tweet, he has been heavily criticized by many people who said they used to support him.

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