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  1. There is a headline on Stuff.co.nz stating “We Need to Talk About Racism”.

    I haven’t read the opinion piece and don’t intend to, it is the headline that counts.

    I agree, we do need to talk about racism.

    Let’s start with Maori only electorates.

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  2. I noticed in Stuff’s daily quiz today that they asked what for the meaning of hagiography. It obviously figures a lot in their minds, what with the almost daily writings of their hagiography of Jacinda Ardern.

    Perhaps today they’ll track down (or interview their keyboards) some person, preferably a transgender Maori Muslim, that was once hungry in Morrinsville and Ardern gave that person one extra chip more than normal.

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  3. Grant Robertson filled in for Cindy on the AMShow for her weekly interview slot. Was answering questions over the phone from international leaders asking her opinion on how to stop terrorist attacks a little too exhausting? Where is Cindy?

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  4. https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/super-rugby/112186467/crusaders-name-poll-suggests-75-per-cent-of-new-zealanders-want-name-to-stay
    “So these are really striking figures and what they tell us is that a very small proportion of New Zealanders understand the deep history of conflict between Muslims and Christians that the word Crusade means,” historian Peter Lineham told TVNZ”.

    A very interesting statement from some academic called Peter Lineham.
    Only 15% of people voted for a name change to the Crusaders so his take on this is basically that the rest of the population is just ignorant and that’s why they don’t support it.
    Well as an alternative Peter, how about the rest of the population are aware of what the crusades were but just don’t care as they have moved on from events which occurred back in the dark ages and maybe if academics and Muslims came out of their universities and mosques as well and left behind all this being hurt about medieval crap we would all be better off.

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    • Lineham is an Associate Professor of Religious History. His speciality is post-Crusades, starting from the 18th century. I think this is an important detail to point out. He is not a specialist of crusading history.

      http://sierc.massey.ac.nz/plineham.html

      He is heavily involved in the Christian Rainbow community, is openly homosexual and claims to be a Christian. Normally, I wouldn’t care about his sexual orientation nor his Christian position but I believe for this particular argument, it presents considerable bias. Lineham is not going to present the Crusaders in a favourable light; he has a pre-disposed bias against them.

      He seems to be unable to realise the Crusaders were created in response to Islamic aggression. The Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Emperor (Alexios I Komnenos) requested aid in the aftermath of the Battle of Manzikert. Muslims were taking over Christian territory militarily. In other words, hardly peaceful.

      Muslims were also targeting Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem.

      This is the background for the crusades. People like Lineham like to downplay or even outright ignore the context.

      This is not to ignore Islamic aggression into Christian territories from the 7th century, including into the Iberian peninsula, France, Sicily, Southern Italy and even Rome.

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    • S & S, there is an opinion piece on the Herald website by the DJ Mike Yardly that gives an interesting perspective.

      In his piece he describes his trip to Turkey for the 2015 centennial Commemeration at Gallipoli and his meeting with a Muslim Turk who is a rugby fan and a fan of the Crusaders. Yardley states that over a drink they had a very wide ranging conversation including a discussion about the Crusades. Paraphrasing Yardley, he said the Turk had no problem with the Crusadesas a matter of history and indeed the Crusader army had been brought together to defend Christian Holy sites from the attacking Islamic hordes. So, why as a person in the 21st Century should he be offended by history?

      Yardley then goes on to discuss the issue with the insult to Islam that is the Crusaders Rugby team. As he correctly points out, it is not the Islamic community calling for the name change, it is a handful of local woke do gooders in need of a cause. He further comments that the Colmar Brunton survey is the death of the campaign for a name change and the subject will quietly be dropped. Else there will be an unwanted backlash.

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      • Yes all good points but I said on here yesterday and I still maintain the name change will go ahead despite public opinion opposing it simply because the NZRU have become a bunch of limp wristed wimps who run for cover at the slightest sign of trouble instead of standing their ground and arguing their case.
        They have become one of the worst examples of spineless modern day sports administration.
        Only time will tell whether I’m right or wrong.

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  5. Good to see we are in the International News again for all the wrong reasons. I don’t believe in Maori folklore or their spirituality, so their sacred stuff is just plain old physical features, whether they are rivers, mountains, volcanoes or springs. So, somebody swam in a fucking spring. (and it turns out the do gooders probably got the wrong place.)

    https://www.foxnews.com/travel/instagram-model-denies-claims-swam-sacred-spring

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  6. Scott Simpson, National has travelled to Westland to inspect the rubbish dump uncovered in the recent storm where some of the contents has washed down the river and landed on the local beaches between Okarito to Martins Bay. Locals have attempted a cleanup but are massively under resourced. He is calling out Eugenie Sage to put her theories aside and actually organise help with the $1m fund available for such environmental emergencies. He says much of the contents of the rubbish tip is still contained along the banks of the river and needs a large organised crew to clean this out before the river is flushed out with the next heavy rains. That would result in even more rubbish flushed out to sea and settle on the beaches.

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  7. A helicopter with 3 people on board has gone missing on its way to the Auckland Islands. It hasn’t been heard from since 7.30pm last night. Airforce support has been asked for and fishing boats in the area have been put on alert. Doesn’t sound very hopeful.

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  8. More broken promises from looney Labour.

    This time it’s …sorry but you won’t be getting 1800 cops.

    Nash now admits it was only a wish. Half way there and they have only recruited 500.

    Time to blame National again. Their fault.

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  9. Yes, Lisa, we have…

    Lisa ? ? ?

    @godblesstoto
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    Have you noticed that the people who go around trying to force everyone else to be ‘nice’ tend to be proper nasty bastards?

    9:31 AM – 22 Apr 2019

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    • The banning/censorship highlights the shameless way the event has been used for political gain.

      I unknowingly was subjected to the video prior to banning & censorship as it showed up in my news feed, but thought it was a crappy new video game as it doesn’t look realistic at all. I understand the need for respect for the victims/survivors/families, but what is the difference compared to seeing JFK’s head being blown off, or countless incidences of (real) Nazi’s executing Jews etc in WW2? Twin towers?

      As for the manifesto… my brother is living outside of the country so he is not bound by any silly laws, so he will often explain the direct contradictions between the misinformation/fake news in the media or spouted by politicians and what the shooter actually said in his own words in the manifesto, including the reasoning behind the decision to ban it in the first place! Which makes the case for censorship in even more shadier…

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  10. As a new member on this site I wish to acknowledge our host who has allowed us to post our comments without having to wait for several hours for them to appear.

    This permits continuity and makes it so much easier to follow.

    Thank you.

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    • Thank you. My moderation policy is very simple. If you post something I don’t like and it is critical of me or my blog, then you get eliminated. Only done it once in the 2 weeks we have been going. It seems to have had a salutary effect. I am slowly removing some of the words on the moderation list, as they are not required. Labour should be spelt Liarbour to remove any chance of your post going to moderation.

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  11. It never stops does it.
    A special permanent resident visa has been set up and anyone who was present at either mosque during the shooting, or their families can apply.

    Immigration NZ says to be eligible you must have been living in New Zealand on March 15, when the attacks happened, and not just visiting.

    Family members can include partners, children and immediate family of children who were at the mosques.

    Immigration NZ says they will check police records to verify who was there at the time of the attacks.

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2019/04/special-residents-visa-set-up-for-christchurch-attack-victims.html?fbclid=IwAR0tIclFlTpy32Tb3nYLPG3S7h3j9bKIg6-rVTV9NuNfDjvSz5BDvuO9GfU

    Either they had a visa before or they didn’t.
    If they didn’t why would we grant the privilege?

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