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  1. Missy

     /  July 18, 2017

    The new man of the people on the right has joined twitter, and in perfect JRM style his first tweet was in Latin!

    The amount of vitriol towards him from the left shows they are very worried about this guy (based on their logic re: vitriol to JC and DA).

  2. Missy

     /  July 18, 2017

    Today there was some debate on the radio about the proposed anti-smacking legislation the Welsh Assembly want to bring in. I understand that at the moment disciplining children is not devolved to the Welsh Assembly but soon will be.

    The debates run similar to the debates in NZ around this issue, the interesting thing from this article is that a campaigner for the legislation claims that there is ‘no evidence’ that the introduction of anti smacking legislation has criminalised good parents, yet a legal opinion in NZ states it has, which means this guy didn’t even check if what he said is true.

    NZ statistics shows that the anti-smacking legislation makes very little difference to the abuse statistics.

    The graph at the bottom of that article show that since 2007 child homicide in NZ has steadily increased with the exception of 2013 and 2014.

  3. Joe Bloggs

     /  July 18, 2017

    The gift shop in the trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. – during trump’s “Made in America” week:
    a child’s bib – made in Peru
    a trumpbranded golf hat – made in Bangladesh
    a trumpbranded fleece pullover – made in Pakistan
    another golf hat for $32 – made in China
    a Greg Norman golf pullover – made in Vietnam
    a kid’s t-shirt – made in Peru
    body butter – made in Canada
    trumpbranded conditioner – made in Canada

    Ivanka trump’s clothing lines – made in China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh

    Bigly trump suits and ties – made in Shengzhou, China under sweatshop conditions.

    In addition to working up to 18 hours a day, staggeringly low wages, and cramped working spaces, trump’s factory workers are subjected to regular searches of their belongings and lack basic work benefits like sick leave and holiday vacations.

    In their factory in Subang, Indonesia, Muslim employees are paid the lowest minimum wages in Asia and are fired before Ramadan and rehired a month later, to avoid paying ‘religious holiday’ bonuses

    then there are the two Chinese activists who went missing while they were investigating alleged labour abuses committed by the Huajian Group factories that supply ivanka’s ‘fashion’ label.

    trumpworld – “Do as I say, Not as I do” week. Bad parents rise up and cheer!

    • sorethumb

       /  July 18, 2017

      If Trump is guilty so is everyone else. How many ravers about Trumps stand on climate change don’t hesitate to hop on a plane and head overseas?

  4. sorethumb

     /  July 18, 2017

    Sir John Key receives Australia’s highest honour
    “In my mind it’s a recognition of the closeness of our bi-lateral relationship. This honour should be viewed far more as a recognition of the bond between our two countries more than a personal award.
    “And I always thought what was happening in the opposition of politics (of course they would oppose National, that’s their job actually apart from everything else) but it was a bit negative about our place in the world. So we played a bit about whether people coming here was a good or bad thing whether people should invest here was a good or bad thing, or whether we have a trade agreement with parts of Asia was a good or bad thing, but actually in my mind, the reason that I want to say yes to those things is because they are the opportunities that reflect our opportunities to both get wealthier (which is all about what you can do with that money) and then ultimately the opportunities for Kiwis. I’d like New Zealanders to feel (after my time as Prime Minister) they have become more confident outward looking nation more multicultural.”

    Is NZ’s ‘special bond’ with Australia a thing of the past?

    Kathryn Ryan
    What is driving this?
    Bernard Salt
    There has been a fundamental shift in the Australian demography particularily the last 10 years or so preliminary results from the 2016 census released one montht ago show something quite unique. The western half of the country (Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territories) had quite a strong Anglo base (we draw our migrants from Anglo countries). The eastern side of the nation (particularily Victoria and New South Wales) are more likely to be Indian and Chinese . So the ethnic base (the source from which we are drawing migrants) has shifted in the last decade or so. I will say also the flow of Kiwis has reversed (the eartquake and a renewed energy with New Zealand). So there seems to be an ethnic basis to it (not a parting of the ways) but a slowing of the bond which had been there literally since resettlement.
    What is driving the politics?
    Well I do think the demographics are important : our shift in focus towards Asia (with the Chinese and the Indians). I don’t think it is so much a rejection of NZ as a pivot towards Asia. There was a shift away from the UK when Britain joined the EU. In some ways you could argue the same is happening here a shift towards Asia: Asian migration, Asian students, Asian implatation [ ?] infact. Our attention has been taken by South East Asia and as a consequence the politics may flow from that shift in thinking.
    The idea of New Zealanders being special is dissapearing apace (and was only based on a handshake between Whitlam and Kirk in the 1970s) and was always amatter of goodwill.
    “politics pushing in that direction”

  5. sorethumb

     /  July 18, 2017

    Barack Obama and Malcolm Turnbull really love John Key: Leaders overheard praising New Zealand’s ‘wonderful’ PM
    Same globalist philosophy?