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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:
Tags: Metiria Turei
Engage respectfully, without personal attacks
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.Tags: Max Key
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.Tags: child poverty
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.
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.Tags: Islamism, terrorism
What the US Govt is doing reminds me of what I learned in school about Nazi Germany. Ironic, Hollywood is run by mostly Jewish entrepreneurs
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) January 6, 2015
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.Tags: Kim Dotcom