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  • Redbaiter 15:07 on March 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Copernicus, Google, trustworthiness   

    Google search engine changes its ranking methods 

    I don’t like Google, even though they do some good stuff. Their maps and navigations services and Google Earth are all extremely useful devices. However as a corporate they’re far too politically progressive for me, and I don’t like the way they dominate the web and endlessly collect data for marketing purposes. They read your emails (robotically) if you use their service, and target web advertising according to whatever you may be writing about.

    Lately they’ve decided to in future alter the way their search engine works. At the moment, if you do a search for an item, a website that enjoys high popularity will be at the top of the list for that particular item.

    The coming change is an algorithmically designed process that changes the main ranking factor from popularity to what Google term “trustworthiness”.

    It works roughly like this. Google compiles a store of facts. Specially designed software patrols millions of websites and checks what is written on these sites against the facts in the data base. If the software detects a large number of diversions from the stored facts, the site will be downgraded in search results.

    Is this going to make the web a more “truthful” place? Somehow I doubt it. To me it smells like another big brother idea from Google, and I can’t avoid the suspicion this is just another cleverly disguised attempt to ram global warming down our throats, and silence dissent.

    If Google been around in the 16th century, I wonder if Copernicus would have got a look in?

     
  • Redbaiter 08:32 on March 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Same sex marriage   

    Jeb Bush campaign team headed by contingent of homosexual activists 

    ScreenShot002BuzzFeed is reporting that Jeb Bush has hired a number of homosexual activists to direct his 2016 campaign team-

    To an extent that would have been unthinkable in past elections, one of the leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination has stocked his inner circle with advisers who are vocal proponents of gay rights. And while the Bush camp says his platform will not be shaped by his lieutenants’ personal beliefs, many in the monied, moderate, corporate wing of the GOP — including pragmatic donors, secular politicos, and other members of the establishment — are cheering the early hires as a sign that Bush will position himself as the gay-friendly Republican in the 2016 field.

    Jeb’s campaign manager is David Kochel, who has been prominent at pro-homosexaul political gatherings where he has called on the Republican Party to “modernise” its social agenda. He said in one interview “the culture wars are kind of over, and Republicans largely lost.”

    When Bush officially launches his presidential bid later this year, he will likely do so with a campaign manager who has urged the Republican Party to adopt a pro-gay agenda; a chief strategist who signed a Supreme Court amicus brief arguing for marriage equality in California; a longtime adviser who once encouraged her minister to stick to his guns in preaching equality for same-sex couples; and a communications director who is openly gay.

    Bush is already viewed with concern by Conservatives because of his support for liberal social issues like amnesty for illegal immigrants (votes for Democrats) and common core education. (left wing indoctrination). An attack on traditional marriage would tip the scales for many anti-progressive voters.

    Jeb Bush, 2016’s Gay-Friendly Republican

     
    • Peter 09:30 on March 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Further evidence of the once great Pax Americana in serious decline.
      Not good news.
      Strange days are these.

    • lafayetteangel 09:41 on March 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I thought about what Jeb Bush did at CPAC and how he talks lately. I can’t help but think he is the same as Obama by actions and talk. Good Lord help us if he becomes Republican nominee for president.

      • Redbaiter 10:28 on March 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Nominating Jeb Bush will give Hillary the Presidency as Conservatives will stay home.

        I think there is a large contingent of Conservatives out there who see voting as a waste of time anyway and are increasingly seeing economic and social collapse as the only real outcome.

    • Changeiscoming 10:21 on March 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      That’s the last thing the GOP needs, another RINO. I am still picking Dr Ben Carson as my preferred man.

      • Redbaiter 10:34 on March 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Carson is good but soft on gun control.

        I think Conservatives are looking for someone anti-amnesty, pro second amendment, strong on defence, anti common core, and a broad constitutionalist. Its actually pretty hard to find someone who measures up to all of those requirements.

        Walker is soft on amnesty. Rand Paul’s “leave the globe to Russia and Red China” stance is not popular. The only guy at the moment who looks like he might tick all the boxes is Ted Cruz.

  • Redbaiter 02:24 on March 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Education reform, Kurt Schlicter   

    Let’s destroy liberal academia, the root of so many of the West’s problems 

    The left win constantly because we do not confront them. Universities and many other academic institutions are the territory of the left and we need to take it from them. They have been left to hold that territory uncontested for far too long.

    The present day generation of politicians are not ever going to do it. It has to be the generation that will come in following the ascension of leaders like Ted Cruz, Scott Walker and Trey Gowdey. It will start in the United States and gradually spread throughout the West.

    The benefits will be manifold. If we take Universities back from the left our children will be educated and not have their heads filled with divisive Marxist fairy tales. Our societies will become more stable and more advanced as the outcomes of real education displace the sludgy crosswired and destructive thinking of those processed by the current system. Kurt Schlicter nutshells all of this so well in an article he has written on Townhall.com. Let’s Destroy Liberal Academia (abridged)

    It’s time to give current university system the Old Yeller treatment, except normal Americans will giggle when this rabid mongrel gets put down.

    Understand that the purpose of modern American “education” is not to educate students. It is primarily to provide cushy, subsidized sinecures for liberal administrators and faculty while, secondarily, providing a forum to indoctrinate soft young minds in the liberal fetishes du jour.

    Modern academia is a refuge and sanctuary for the left within our culture where the inhabitants can devote their full efforts to destroying the very society that subsidizes them without having to worry about actually producing anything of value. It’s an intellectual and moral cesspool. Just look at some of the nightmares that have slithered out of our universities and into mainstream society in just the last few decades – political correctness, hook-up culture, Barack Obama.

    College today is about gaining admission – once you’re in, your work is done and you spend the next five or so years guzzling beer, sporadically attending class in massive lecture halls, and trying to get a notary to sign off on your sexual consent paperwork.

    A high school graduate should walk across the stage and out the door of the auditorium with a diploma that demonstrates that he can read, count, identify the three branches of government, and correctly place World War II as occurring after World War I. But, thanks to the teachers’ unions that repay the support of the Democrat Party by churning out an endless parade of semi-literate, mouth-breathing future liberal voters, that’s not the case. The first two years of college today now do what the first two years of high school used to do.

    For generations, modern liberal academia has been at war with normal Americans. It’s time we shot back – just ask Old Yeller.

    One other extremely positive outcomes of freeing education from the left will be a more objective and effective media. Which in turn will provide a functioning democracy as opposed to the virtual one party states every western nation suffers under today. Education has been lost for four or five decades. Its long past time the situation was remedied, and it will be if we can just get to it before its current graduates turn Western society into East Berlin circa 1970.

     
  • Redbaiter 14:57 on March 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Plain packaging, Robert Beaglehole   

    Anti-smoking campaign demonstrates our universities and parliament infested by anti-freedom zealots 

    Here is something that won’t surprise anyone who knows what’s really going on in the west. A University of Auckland emeritus professor, one Robert Beaglehole, is leading a massive assault on private property and free enterprise. When our universities should be the places that maintain and teach students the traditions that made our Western societies the most free in the world, they are instead infested with the dregs of our community who directly contrary to what they should be doing, are advocating attacks on those very things we should be holding dear.

    Private property Mr. Beaglehole is the foundation of Western civilisation. Get a plane ticket to Cuba right now and teach your left wing garbage there. It is not for civilised and free countries.

    It does not matter what the situation is. It does not matter what the presumed (or false) justification might be. By your outspokenness in this matter you are teaching a perverted and destructive way of thinking. You have no business in a Western University.

    Either cigarette manufacturing is made illegal or you leave it the hell alone you despicable person.

    And the same goes for the hopelessly lost National Party and their racist cronyists.

    Disclaimer- do not smoke and have never smoked.

     
    • Mr_Blobby 16:28 on March 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      What a Muppet. Smoking is an addictive drug, those people are going to die or get sick regardless, they are drug addicts, packaging means nothing to them.

      The political wing of the gangs are all for prohibition because it opens up another lucrative drug market for them.

      The current penalties for growing and selling tobacco (excise penalties) are huge, remember there is a 90% tax on cigarettes. The penalties for marijuana are a slap on the wrist

      The Government does not want to stop smoking, 1.3 Billion in Tax as apposed to 500 million in detrimental health costs. 800 million in lost TAX and 500 million of ongoing health costs. Remember you are going to die from something anyway.

      Like climate change if the answer to a problem is to TAX it then you know it is a con.

  • Redbaiter 12:10 on March 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ,   

    Hey Progressives..!! There is a legitimate argument against mass immigration 

    Many on the left condemn opposition to mass immigration as “racist”. This is an absurd allegation for many reasons and I’ll explain why below. Libertarians often join the left in this condemnation although for different reasons. They say restrictions on immigration will stunt economic growth.

    The NZ National Party kind of supports the Libertarian view, although with them its really pragmatism over principle. John Key and his hopeless socialist acolytes know that without a massive inflow of foreign capital driving consumerism and the real estate market, their extravagant and reckless socialist budgets would drown in a sea of red ink.

    National party supporters often label dissent as racist too, or though the word xenophobic seems to be more favoured. Perhaps because its got a few more letters, something that appeals to the half educated hipsters that make up the younger factions in the party and chase “cool” as if their life depends on it.

    Mark Levin has been a political mentor of mine through his books and radio show for 15 years or more. He spoke at the US CPAC conference yesterday and as only Levin can do, laid out the case against mass immigration clearly and succinctly. He successfully rebutted the progressive argument that “we are a nation of immigrants” by stating that we are in fact a nation of citizens. He’s not against immigration. In fact I don’t know anyone who is.

    What Levin is against is mass uncontrolled immigration that does not allow migrants time to assimilate into the culture of the host country. Without this time you basically have invasion, where the newcomers set up enclaves marked by different cultural perceptions and habits, and these enclaves grow and grow until they compete with traditional culture for space and political representation. Balkanisation is only a matter of time.

    The point is that in countries that have established cultures based on western values of individual freedom and democracy, immigration must only occur at a rate that enables assimilation. Otherwise the traditional culture is threatened and may even be overcome, as is illustrated by events in the UK and France, for only two examples.

    Socialist political polices as practiced in NZ by Labour and National (too spineless and bereft of principle to turn back any of the left’s key anchor policies) have put NZ in a parlous economic position. The same goes for most other countries in the west. Mass immigration is demanded to shore up economies against the fiscal damage caused by socialist policies.

    Very little thought has been given to the downside, but it is an inescapable fact that a flood of migrants who do not assimilate will compete with the traditional culture. This is the danger the Nationals and so many other socialists (and Libertarians ignore). If we lose the principles that established our free and democratic society,and that so many lives have been lost defending in so many wars, then what have we gained?

    Immigration is fine but its happening far too quickly and with far too little care for its overall impact. Socialism drives this unwelcome operation. We must stop big spending governments, restore individual responsibility, and get our budgets in order. Surely this is a preferable alternative to the selling out of our cultural heritage. The heritage that made immigrants want to leave their own countries and come here in the first place.

     
  • Redbaiter 13:34 on February 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    Is FOX News the reason Jon Stewart quit? 

    Jon Stewart started his Wednesday night show with clips from the media world commenting on his leaving the Daily Show. Naturally, Fox News had some less than favorable things to say about the late night comedian, including host Megyn Kelly claiming his show’s attacks on her over the years had “no foothold in the facts.”

    That was more than Jon Stewart could take, and in response he challenged Fox News to a “lie-off.” But in the process of chastising Fox News for ideological bias, Stewart seemed to exhaust himself, ending the segment by explaining how watching the network was “killing him.”

    “Take it from someone who’s been watching what they do for a blessedly almost over 16 years or so. Their chronically angry war for ideological purity, where every aspect of life becomes a two dimensional battle for America’s soul—it ages you. Even watching it is killing me.”

    He added that the Daily Show, on the other hand, doesn’t lie, even showing off their resident fact-checker. I’m looking forward to FOX’s response to this idiotic self serving claim. IMHO, the only people who ever took Stewart seriously are progressive hipsters who strive to be “ironic” and “cool”, and fail miserably at both while projecting an extremely irritating air of smug superiority. Like they would ever know or care if something was true or not anyway.

    Read more at Weasel Zippers

     
  • Redbaiter 11:21 on February 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Andrew Judd, New Plymouth,   

    New Plymouth citizens attempt to reign in out of control racist council 

    Hugh Johnstone (L) receives a kowhai from Mayor Judd (R) while Kaumata Rangikotuku Rukuwai says a karakia

    Hugh Johnstone (L) receives a kowhai from Mayor Judd (R) while Kaumata Rangikotuku says a karakia

    The Mayor of new Plymouth, Andrew Judd, is an anti white racist/ separatist. Even worse, his divisive Marxist ideas enjoy the support of the majority of his council, which last year voted 7-to-6 to establish a Maori ward at the local government elections in 2016.

    This outrageous act naturally met with stiff opposition among local people and they have decided to take action to get their arrogant council under control. Local resident Hugh Johnson organised a petition to force a referendum on the issue. Mr Johnson says the issue is too important to leave to councillors alone. He garnered 4248 signatures on his petition. Law requires that 2700 of the names be valid, or 5 percent of eligible voters, to allow a binding referendum to be automatically triggered.

    Mr Johnson said- “I believe we are one country and I believe in democracy. I believe there are changes to go on in local government in this sort of nature that people should have a say. Hence this referendum.”

    The district council this week validated the petition, that calls for a binding citizens-initiated referendum on the establishment of a Maori ward. The ballot will be held in May. Mayor Judd said he received the petition “in peace under the concept of manaakitanga, which in its widest sense is associated with the concept of mana”. He presented Johnson with a small kowhai as a symbol of peace and friendship.

    The mayor said he would respect the result of the referendum but would continue to seek improved engagement with Maori regardless of its outcome.

    How do these kind of racists/ separatists continue to get elected to positions of power in this country? I don’t like using the word “sheeple” as a euphemism for “voter”, (its too clichéd) but one can easily see why other people might think it appropriate. Great to see someone like Hugh Johnson (ex Grey Power president) doing something about it.

    Separatist Andrew Judd on the other hand, should never ever be permitted to get within a light year of any government post (local or central) during the remainder of his lifetime.

     
    • Mr_Blobby 17:51 on February 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Tha’ts because people do not participate in local body elections.

      Most of the candidates are unknown, third rate failed wanna be politicians, or nut jobs.

      Look at the end result.

      • KG 06:10 on March 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Yep, Blobby, local body politics just aren’t “sexy” enough to attract much attention. And at the same time the media coverage is infantile and sparse.
        Yet real political change has to start at this level, a fact the Progs identified a long time ago.

        • Mr_Blobby 12:26 on March 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

          Agree KG “real political change has to start at this level”.

          But it is just not possible. The the Auckland super shitty city. The Mayor is just a mouth piece brought out for PR purposes. The Councillors have no real power and are just rubber stamping whatever the Council officers want, don’t want to rock the boat to much and put jobs for the boys at risk. The community boards have no say just allocated a budget 90% already decided the rest is relatively minor decisions such as the painting of park benches, they get to chose the color as long as it is Council green.

          The real power is the unelected Council CEO and his officers. Make no mistake about that. I have had first hand experience of this. Councillors backing the Council officers even though they have acknowledged that it is the wrong decision.

  • Redbaiter 12:12 on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: drugs, Mal Meninga   

    League great Mal Meninga calls for zero tolerance policy on drugs 

    Mal Meninga The drug culture is are currently causing a lot of problems for sporting codes in Australia. Mal Meninga has written an opinion piece on the issue for the Brisbane Courier Mail. He says-


    “If any player is found guilty of drugs charges as a result of the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission investigation, that should be the end of their rugby league careers. Zero tolerance might seem like an overly tough stance, given the charges being mentioned are unlikely to draw a punishment from the courts harsher than a metaphorical slap on the wrist.

    But being a rugby league player means that you hold a privileged position in society, and it is a position that carries responsibilities to the game, and the people involved in it. In the past, when league has been faced with the issue of players being involved in serious misdemeanours, the opinion has always been that the game should stand by them and try to rehabilitate them, because it was the considerate thing to do.

    But anyone who is so inconsiderate of the game’s image and reputation as to be involved in recreational or performance enhancing drugs should have the same consideration shown to them: None.”

    I’m not fully in agreement with Mal’s reasoning on the issue but I do think he’s right in that the reason for the growth of the culture is weakness. Either laws are enforced or they are removed from the statute books. Singaporean society enforces the law on drugs, executing pushers and issuing harsh punishments for users. Figures for drug offences in 2014 show a 14% drop on 2013, so it is possible to control these crimes with the right approach, and if the community supports those laws.

     
    • KG 20:49 on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t agree that it’s anybody else’s damn business what I, as an adult, choose to put into my own body.

    • mawm 09:29 on February 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This is about performance enhancing drugs. It should be a level playing field – either stop all or make it legal for all to do what they want. The individual can then choose if he/she wants to consume drugs that will eventually have an impact on their health. The same should apply for all professional sport and prevent those who have a better way of hiding their drugging getting the advantage e.g. Lance Armstrong.

  • Redbaiter 09:17 on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Victoria road limits   

    Public campaign defeats plan to lower speed limits in Victoria 

    A road sign defaced by campaigners

    A road sign defaced by campaigners

    In a rare win for the people over faceless unaccountable bureaucracy, plans by the Victorian Main Roads Dept to lower state speed limits from 70 to 60 mph were halted after public outcry. 90 kph speed limits were also to be cut to 80 kph.

    The campaign was lead by the Leader newspaper and the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, but was also conducted over Facebook, Twitter, and websites.

    Unfortunately, roads where the new limits have already been applied will not be returned to the old limits. In country Victoria, at least 65 roads had speed limits cut by 10km/h. At least 20 arterial roads across Melbourne were reduced from 70 to 60km/h and a further four urban arterial roads from 90 to 80km/h. A further 1900 roads across the state were on the hit-list for a speed reduction.

    The (Labor) Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan told Leader the policy was a “nanny state” approach, and he had ordered a freeze.

    I think its wonderful that the public had this small victory over a government bureacracy that has far too much power and would if allowed to have its way have limits reduced to near zero. All in the flawed belief that speed is a major factor in accidents. The flashing light road signs they have introduced are so frequently arrogant and ill mannered they reveal all too well the mindset of the people in charge.

    Maybe the NZ National Party can learn something from this event and stop spinelessly serving the NZ govt bureaucracy and start listening to the voters. On road laws and so many other issues.

     
    • Mr_Blobby 12:42 on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Its all about the money.

      Unrealistic speed limits and overzealous enforcement, have two outcomes 1. more revenue from tickets and 2. more accidents, due to frustration and inattention.

      If you want to make the roads safer.

      Build roads designed for modern vehicles
      Continue with vehicle safety improvements.

      But mainly

      Have everybody driving at the same speed, in the same direction and paying attention to what they are doing.

  • Redbaiter 15:10 on February 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Confidence trick, ,   

    Flag change- John Key comes across as a cheap and nasty con man 

    Sneaky John key

    The prevailing political mood of the “flag change panel” is as you would expect progressive. Julie Christie, Beatrice Faumina, Rod Drury, and a couple of the mandatory drop kicks from left wing academia. Maybe two Conservatives in Rhys Jones and Brian Lochore.

    However seeing they all agreed to sit on the committee, then one must assume they’re all for the change, given the first task is to decide what the potential replacement design will be. So its a farce, and it always has been a farce since John Key announced there would be not one but two referenda with the first one to choose the replacement design.

    The choosing of two referenda as well as being just a cheap artifice is also a gross misuse of taxpayer funds. Furthermore, it is a clear breach of the guidelines wherein it was specified quite clearly that the committee should not commit to any deed that would pre-suppose the change.

    Bill English reiterates that today- “Each member has committed to undertake the flag consideration process carefully, respectfully and with no presumption in favour of change.”

    I repeat the very obvious question this declaration raises. How is it possible to keep to this commitment when the first issue under discussion is what the replacement design will be?

    This is such a disgustingly dishonest farce.

    Leaving aside the cost, which is all up estimated at $25.7 million. $17.3 million of this is the two referenda. Half of this could be saved and probably half of the remainder too by holding a referendum right now on whether any change is necessary or desirable.

    Not only would John Key be doing the right thing, he would be saving the taxpayer about $15 million or more in unnecessary expenditure. No second referendum and no further consultation being necessary.

    However the truth is Key wants to spend the whole $25.7 million because really the purpose of the first part of the operation is a public brainwashing session designed to implant the idea of change in the public’s mind. To pave the way for the second referendum approving the change.

    Just a cheap and nasty dishonest confidence trick on NZ voters. We’ve seen other instances of Key’s duplicity lately but they’re nothing compared to the deceit behind this operation. I’ve noticed Nat party members are too frightened to even speak out on this issue, such is the intimidating power of Key’s inner circle within the National Party.

    All for what? John Key’s vain desire for some kind of political legacy? If it was up to me, he’d be paying for the whole damn farce out of his own pocket. If I couldn’t stop the whole damn slick tainted duplicitous process in its tracks that is.

     
    • john 15:40 on February 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      In the past we would have had MP’s who would come out and speak against such a farce and challenge the leader publicly. And I mean National MP’s.
      Not one MP has the guts to ever challenge anything anymore.The worst bunch of National MP’s ever.It is not even worth going to see your MP if you feel strongly about an issue.Constituents are a nuisance.

    • Peter 15:48 on February 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Well said. Totally agree with all of the above.

      • Redbaiter 16:55 on February 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you Peter. Notice how the Labour Party are silent on this issue? Because its exactly what would be happening if they were in power.

    • Mr_Blobby 15:53 on February 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      How about the first job of the committee is to commission a series of polls to see if there is any appetite from the electorate for a flag change.

      There recommendation may then be, that it is a waste of time to waste further resources on designing a flag that is unwanted.

      Would any new flag law also ban the flying of the old flag. If so would it also ban the flying of so called “independence” flags.

      Or maybe like Wanganui you can choose which flag you want to fly.

      I suspect that all the committee was polled on their willingness to go along with the process and are probably being paid accordingly, why woudl the turkeys vote for an early Christmas.

      • Redbaiter 16:16 on February 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I think the members of the committee need to consider the potential damage to their own credibility and integrity being part of a farcical stitch up like this.

        • Mr_Blobby 16:40 on February 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

          This lot have been brought and paid for.

    • Don the Kiwi 21:19 on February 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Good to see you back in action Red. :-)

    • Redbaiter 21:22 on February 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Don. We all must do what ever little bit we can.

    • Lara 21:59 on February 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Whata travesty. I so agree with what you said, Key;s inner circle is sinister and don’t like freedom of opinion or speech. Key is a leader who is totally morally bankrupt. He would sell his soul for the sake of his ego. What sheer arrogance. National MPs treat the people with utter, bare-faced contempt. Labour are actually at least human!!

    • Harriet 06:27 on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      From the outset Key was telling porkies, “I often end up being seated under the Australian flag.” Maybe so, but what were his staff and foreign affairs doing about the placement of the wrong flag when he was overseas? – nothing! Yet it’s what they are paid to do! Even rockbands can get the black jelly beans removed from the rest while on tour, while Key’s well paid staff couldn’t give a stuff about the NZ PM and the integrety of the country while overseas.

      Then there is “We need a flag that is known as well as Canada’s flag is.” — Why? — Canada wouldn’t export anymore because of it, and they also have a huge tourism budget. Canada’s flag doesn’t do anything more for Canada than what their previous flag did, it is simply now more noticable than other countries flags.
      Also, if every second country does the same and changes their flag to a logo like Canada and NZ – then we are back at square one – with a mostly indistinguishable flag.

      Key has not got rid of the problem where Maori are taking more than they are entitled to from the rectification process of past grievances, so he will now find ‘pakeha NZ’ clinging to the current flag like Americans cling to their guns.

      For Key it’s all just a vanity project anyway.

    • Ashley Schaeffer 08:15 on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      There are so many other worthwhile changes that Key could be expending his political capital on, not least of which would be taking an axe to taxpayer funded media outlets that are havens for commie hacks, or any other number of government quangos pissing taxpayer dollars down the drain.

      I have a hunch that the net result of the flag issue and getting involved in the murky middle east will be Key and National kissing goodbye to a fourth term.

  • Redbaiter 10:09 on February 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Racsim, Rugby World Cup,   

    Springbok world cup rugby team to be selected on race 

    Just after Clive Rice pointed out that race based selection rules have weakened the South African team’s chances in the Cricket world cup, it has been announced that South African rugby squads will include seven non-white players in 23-man match squads in the run-up to this year’s World Cup in England, starting in September.

    At least two of the seven non-whites in this year’s squads must be black Africans, distinguishing them from players of mixed race who have long played a role in Springbok teams. RNZ says the inclusion of seven non-whites will be a challenge for the Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer, whose starting fifteen right now would probably include only one black African and two mixed race players.

    Once there were massive demonstrations in NZ because the NZ Rugby team did not include players of Maori blood during tours of Sth Africa. Now the situation is reversed with Sth Africa excluding players of white skin, the silence is deafening.

    Those with a brain know it was really all about installing a communist govt in Sth Africa. The left see the destruction of what they call “white power structures” as key to their plans for gradual subversion of all western democracies. Its why racism is only ever called out when its white on black and reverse racism gets a free pass.

    Oh well, I guess South Africa can kiss goodbye to the Rugby World cup. The left don’t care. They’ve made their point.

     
    • mawm 21:30 on February 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I hear Clive Rice collapsed at home and investigations have revealed an inoperable brain (?brainstem) tumour. The desperate seek help from charlatans and he is off to India for surgery. I grew up with Clive and my thoughts are with him and his wife Sue.

      Affirmative action has never been seen as a way to improve outcomes. In South Africa this has come in many guises such as BEE (black economic empowerment) which has done nothing other than ruin a functioning bureaucracy and create a huge amount of white poverty. Added to this is the pig-headedness of seeing things fail, such as electricity generation and the supply of water, and not employing the numerous suitably qualified whites to repair it but turning to Cuba instead, seeing they have been so successful at home, to do so at an enormous cost. SA is well on the path to Zimbabwefication…..and all those others that became basket cases once the colonial powers withdrew.

      • Redbaiter 21:53 on February 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        The cricket team will kind of encapsulate that manner of thinking, in that a rugby team selected on skill won Sth Africa the world cup and the country benefited greatly from that success.

        Yet today they select on race and will lose the Cricket world cup and the next Rugby world cup as a result. Just so blind.

        Sad to hear about Clive Rice. He has always been a hero. One of many that exist in Sth Africa. God knows why they stay there.

  • Redbaiter 14:33 on February 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Linda Cooper   

    The baying hounds of the left and their mission to make honest criticism unlawful 

    Linda Cooper Anyone interested in freedom of expression and its conflict with the aims of cultural Marxism can’t help but notice the increasingly strident campaign by the left to shut down honestly expressed criticism.

    A recent example is their hysterical attacks on one Linda Cooper. I don’t know Linda but she’s apparently overtly politically active and good on her for the courage to be that. Her Twitter profile says she is Auckland Councillor-Waitakere President Waitakere Licensing Trust Chairman Family Action. Consumer rep Board of Electricity & Gas Complaints Commission. She’s also apparently a staunch Nat supporter, so this probably means she’s a far left liberal, although maybe not. Here’s the twitter exchange that caused the ruckus. The left were complaining that Nats who took part in the “Gay Pride” parade last weekend were hypocrites because some of them did not vote for same sex marriage.

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    The clamour from those “offended” by this outburst has been deafening and Cooper has apologised, or at least I think she has, but maybe taken it back, I can’t work it out for sure.

    However what is really important here is the pressure being applied by the left, who seek to eventually make it unlawful to call a leftist a “cock”, for example.

    I have long said that all recently introduced attacks on freedom of expression (such as speech codes at universities and hate speech laws) are designed to eventually create a world where a leftist can indeed be a cock, but one will be jailed or suffer some other penalty (social retraining?) for pointing this out.

    I applaud Linda Cooper’s forthrightness as a strike against the insufferable mental totalitarianism the left seek to impose through their unrelenting war on speech and thought. If its not too late, you shouldn’t apologise Linda, for in doing so, you accept all of the evil premises that underpin the left’s complaints campaign. Fuck em. Don’t be intimidated by these would be tyrants. Call them what they are- a bunch of insufferable wet weak culturally Marxist ignorant of history communist cocks

     
  • Redbaiter 11:53 on February 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Feminism, Patricia Arquette   

    All hail Western feminism’s brave struggle 

    First world femisnism

     
  • Redbaiter 11:34 on February 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: David Cameron,   

    UK PM Cameron blames internet and airlines for ISIS recruitment in UK 

    Last week three teenage schoolgirls girls (15-16) left the UK to join ISIS in (presumably) Syria or Iraq. Earlier in 2013 one of their classmates had left to become a jihadi bride. The suspicion is that she had prevailed upon the three teenagers to do likewise by communicating with them over Facebook.

    So what’s David Cameron’s reaction to this event? He wants to exercise more control over the internet and says airlines should do more. What??? Should airline clerks be forced to ask travellers detailed questions on why they’re going anywhere? These girls were barely sixteen. There is nothing in the news article on the responsibilities of parents. There is nothing about UK government immigration policies welcoming cultures alien or hostile to the UK.

    Sky News reports

    Mr Cameron told MPs he was ‘horrified’ over by the case of the three London girls and announced that Home Secretary Theresa May and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin will be talking with airlines on new ‘proportionate’ arrangements to ensure that children who are at risk are properly identified and questioned.

    He also said internet companies must live up to their ‘social responsibility’ by taking down extremist content and improving co-operation with the authorities over contacts between extremists and young people.

    Cameron is one of the politicians George Orwell tried to warn us about, and he manages to cling to power because of the support of his cronies within the Conservative party, but does not hold the parties principles dear or consider himself accountable to the traditional UK society. That these events occur has nothing to do with airline or internet companies but more to do with arrogant elitist politicians like David Cameron who have betrayed the west and its traditional citizens for decades. A betrayal that has probably no other eventual outcome other than bloodshed.

     
  • Redbaiter 03:46 on February 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: American Sniper, Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood   

    American Sniper snubbed by wet liberal Hollywood elitists? 

    Clint “American Sniper” won just one Academy Award Sunday night after being nominated for six awards. The Clint Eastwood-directed film was up for best picture and Bradley Cooper, who played American sharpshooter Chris Kyle, was in the running for best actor. Neither won, which is astounding, given that ”American Sniper” is now considered the most successful war film ever made. The picture did win one award,best sound editing category.

    Since it premiered in late December, the film has grossed a worldwide total of $428 million. The film that beat it for best picture, “Birdman,” hasn’t come close to those numbers, making a mere $76 million since it came out in August.

    As usual, Hollywood’s pain in the arse liberals couldn’t leave left wing politics out of it. “Birdman” director Alejandro Iñárritu referenced immigration during his time on stage. Patricia Arquette won best supporting actress, and dedicated her speech to equal wages for women. Of course John Legend and Common won an Oscar for their song “Glory,” which is about the civil rights movement and is on the soundtrack for “Selma.”

    Clint Eastwood has made no secret of his contempt for the President. Another who was highly critical of Obama, and especially Michelle Obama (whom she described as a transvestite that everyone in Hollywood knew about) was Joan Rivers who was conspicuous by being left out of the Memoriam Tribute.

    So Hollywood liberals used the Oscars to snub those with political views they don’t approve of. Social media was highly critical. American Sniper may not have won at the Oscars but it won the hearts and minds of Americans, and that is in fact a far greater tribute. To hell with Hollywood. We know what they are.

     
    • Tanya 12:54 on February 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Well said. Birdman is a dreary, predictable, join-the-dots,glib kind of film. Full of cliche’s. The public don’t care about the Oscars any more, and haven’t for years. Boyhood was also snubbed, which was much more worthy. The best picture should have gone to the best picture of the public heart and minds, but that hasn’t happened since the days of The Deer Hunter. Who cares about the Oscars? Leftie crap always gets the nod.

      • Redbaiter 14:06 on February 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I tried to watch Birdman but it just seemed to me the same old study in neurosis that liberals seem to think does the trick in film making today. I admit it is subjective, but I would never have rated it anywhere near American Sniper. But as you say, Hollywood is the Mecca of the Cultural Marxists and you couldn’t expect them to endorse a picture that is so damaging to their five decade long cause of shaming America.

  • Redbaiter 18:25 on February 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Eleanor Catton, ,   

    Eleanor Catton- Artists petition for "more free speech" but really, they're against it 

    RNZ reports-

    More than 100 artists have signed a public letter calling for greater freedom of speech, in support of the writer Eleanor Catton. The artists are supporting her criticism of the government, neo-liberal values and anti-intellectualism during a speech she gave in India.

    The Man Booker prize winner was called “an ungrateful hua” and “a traitor”. Catton also said she was a victim of tall poppy syndrome and had not won New Zealand’s top book award because she was an international prize-winner. The public letter, signed by artists including Hinemoana Baker, Gordon McLauchlan, and Elizabeth Knox, backs her statements and calls for artistic freedom of expression to be celebrated.

    Really, what a confused bunch of infantile Progs these people would be. No government authority has tried to shut down Catton’s free speech  No govt authority has threatened to. In fact, I’ve really got no idea what the hell these petitioners are talking about.

    Catton is a far left political neophyte who in the manner of such people said ignorant unwise things very publicly and subsequently suffered public criticism from those who disagreed with her. That is how free speech works.

    What these intolerant losers who signed the petition want is for those who disagreed with Catton to be silenced. They’re not actually supporting freedom of expression, they’re trying to shut it down. They cannot handle criticism and have turned the term “abuse” into a device to cripple the free speech of those who oppose the left wing cultural war.

    Read, listen or watch any news outlet today and its all about silencing freedom of expression. (here’s another example) These people are tyrannical totalitarian thugs and it pains me greatly to see them among us in such numbers. Our society is doomed if we allow such blinkered ideologues to prevail.

     
    • barry thomas 10:50 on February 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      come and talk … sans shouting please :-) https://www.facebook.com/WeareEleanor

      • Redbaiter 10:55 on February 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Barry. I do not use Facebook. Some of my readers might. Shame about your comments being deleted on Whale Oil, but the moderator there is a dishonest coward and you can’t expect much more.

        However, by calling on your many supporters to go there and “give them a piece of your mind” are you not engaging in exactly the kind of tactics you say are being used against Eleanor?

        • barry thomas 15:27 on February 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks for the response… finally a real human !!! you are more than welcome to say that to the Whaloilies BTW. And I would add that to hide behind the mask of anonymity is well history tell us what kind and quality of hoard operates with that lack of metal… KKK

  • Redbaiter 07:33 on February 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bridget Bardot, Hate speech   

    Here's to Bridget Bardot 

    Bridget in her youth

    Bridget in her youth

    At 79, Bridget Bardot has been prosecuted again and again for telling the truth but won’t stop doing so. She possesses the kind of courage that makes most Hollywood stars today look like wet weak wimps. She’s now going to court again for the same offence.

    Breitbart reports-

    Former film star Brigitte Bardot, France’s iconic blonde bombshell and “sex kitten” who reigned supreme from 1952 – 1973, has been on trial five times for insulting Muslims and “inciting racial hatred.”

    The prosecutor in her fifth trial, Anne de Fontette, wants a heftier fine and a tougher sentence: the equivalent of $24,000 and a two month (hopefully) suspended jail term.

    What crimes has Bardot committed in the land without a First Amendment, in the land of Hate Speech laws that are being slickly exploited by non-persecuted Muslims?

    Bardot has written: “I am fed up with being under the thumb of this population which is destroying us, destroying our country.”

    In 1997, Bardot was convicted of “inciting racial hatred” by publishing an Open Letter in the French Daily, Le Figaro; she complained of “foreign over-population,” mostly by Muslim families.

    In 1998, Bardot was again convicted for “decrying the loss of French identity and tradition due to the ‘multiplication of mosques while our church bells fall silent for want of priests.’”

    In 2000, Bardot was again convicted for what she wrote in her book Pluto’s Square, which featured a chapter in which she grieved for “my country, my homeland, my land is again invaded by an overpopulation of foreigners, especially Muslims.”

    In 2004, in another book, A Cry in the Silence, Bardot ran afoul of the political correctniks by “generally associating Islam with the 9/11 terror attacks and denouncing the ‘Islamization of France’ by people she described as ‘invaders.’ She also wrote: “Over the last twenty years, we have given in to a subterranean, dangerous, and uncontrolled infiltration, which not only resists adjusting to our laws and customs but which will, as the years pass, attempt to impose its own.”

    The Progressives have brought us a world wherein one can be prosecuted merely for expressing an opinion the elite do not approve of. The worst thing is, they’re proud of what they have done.

     
  • Redbaiter 02:56 on February 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cultural Marxism   

    Progressives and their ideas make Orwell's 1984 a reality. 

    Internet offense

    Over 355 people have been charged or cautioned in the UK for messages on social media, many of them for causing ‘offence’, new research has revealed.

    A report by Big Brother Watch found 6,329 people had been charged or cautioned under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 and the Malicious Communications Act 1988, both pieces of legislation which precede the emergence of Facebook or Twitter.

    The baby boomer’s and their millenial children march on, deeply and unknowingly infected with cultural Marxism, and seemingly intent on destroying everything their forbears built that made their culture so successful.

     
    • Mr_Blobby 10:09 on February 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Well I’m offended that you are offended.

      Whats the penalty will I break out in warts tomorrow or something.

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