It is our dearest wish that 2015 will see the global adoption of one very logical universal shoe size system.
the revelations of dirty politics are far from resolved
Undeniably true, but it's the use of passive voice that may warrant closest inspection.
Like I’d know, :)
I’ll admit I had a moment a few day back, on seeing that #dirtypolitics had gained so much traction in its WOTY bid. This thought was comparable to say the 32/33 Australian Ashes squad selecting #bodyline – the means of the their defeat – as their WOTY. It occurred to me that looking back on 2014 #dirtypolitic’s legacy wouldn’t be so much a change of Government or a bringing to justice of those involved, the legacy is Nicky Hagar’s house being raided and #dirtypolitics winning PAS WOTY.
Having had time to reflect in the interim, I think there is a positive to be taken from this. That being as we move forward, and look back on those most notable of outcomes, we’ll also be able to reflect on exactly how – despite being armed with the hefty Dirty Politics arsenal – flimsy our opposition was.
I’m reminded of hobo freelance journalist Keith Ng lamenting all the other journalists for not doing enough to follow up stories raised by Dirty Politics. I’m reminded of journalist Gordon Campbell rebuking hobo freelance journalist Keith Ng for his lament of all the other journalists. And not to single any individuals out, because we’re all culpable in our own ways, that was just a moment that twanged.
This is most assuredly about #us, for that is the very nature of democracy. It is our privilege and obligation to push back, as hard as is applicable – be it at the ballot box, on the net, on the street or over a swish merlot in Newmarket, through words, through actions and even through inaction, far beyond preaching to the converted, it is our responsibility to facilate the dissemination of the facts and the underlying morality to the greatest possible audience in the most effective manner.
At the end of the day, this victory leaves us with a scar that we can never cover, a constant reminder of our failure, we are forced to take stock, learn, develop and make more tengible progress.
He's got a gun license
The question I'd have is; who completed that psych report?
And given that this fellow wasn’t actually on any Australian watch list, it rather beggars belief that Key can make such outrageous claims.
This Key quote from Stacy Kirk’s morning report, seems to have been culled in the update, Google cached.
"We know that as part of those 30 to 40 people we identified on the first list, that there are people who spend a lot of time on the internet, basically delving very deep into the messages and the propaganda that is coming out of ISIS [Islamic State],” he said.
“spend a lot of time on the internet,” – at least it’s qualified, “… basically delving very deep into the messages and the propaganda that is coming out of ISIS”. That does sound quite dangerous, PublicAddress poster Marc C had a number of delving binges (above), I’ve been on a couple myself, if you were researching/ writing/ commentating on this phenomena you’d have to have a bit of a delve, perhaps a deep delve, into the messages, and propaganda, coming out of ISIS.
Of course the authorities understand that their brief is to keep New Zealanders safe, as opposed to the very specific keep New Zealanders safe only from ISIS? Not for a moment has the task - to prevent the spread of violence as opposed to preventing the spread of ideologies - been forgotten. Despite Key's distraction I’d expect that the authorities' primary focus is actually geared towards watching those people with a history of threatening and violent behaviour, those who are purchasing weapons, amassing suspicious quantities of fertilizer, at least more so than those who spend a lot of time of time on the internet, deeply delving.
Though I wouldn’t, but If I were to compile a watch list, in terms of who to keep tabs on, I’d prioritise the classic characteristics such as a history of mental health issues, a deep interest in firearms and weapon acquisition, a persecution complex, paranoid delusions, intense lack of empathy, prior criminal convictions, and most importantly a desire to find groups to sponsor their violence. e.g. something like this:
Weapons Acquisition/ Sponsorship
[Suspect], 2/21, 2:19am
ok i’m going to go look at 17hmrs at the gun shop
[Suspect], 2/21, 2:20am
i like the savage left hand stocks
[Suspect], 2/21, 2:21am
yeah…wonder if i can fit one of those stocks to a cz
anshutz are dear as poison
[Suspect], 2/21, 2:22am
[Suspect], 2/21, 2:25am
i think i will get a 300WSM in a tikka if i have to pay
and reload my own
[Suspect], 2/21, 2:25am
otherwise a 7mmWSM in something else and reload
for my hunting rifle
[Suspect], 2/21, 2:26am
pity tikka don’t make a 7mmWSM
[Suspect], 2/21, 2:26am
with a 300WSM i’ve been told to put a Supressor on it otherwise it boots the shit out of you
[Suspect], 2/21, 2:27am
also reccomended that i get the super varminter Tikka
heavey barrell, plus picatinny rail for scope mounts
[Suspect], 2/21, 2:28am
only prob is adds about 700 bucks to the rifle…so def need a sponsor i think…then there is the scope
yeah it is just the model type…check it out…it makes sense with a 300 to have the extra weight
[Suspect], 2/21, 2:43am
i dropped my psch report intot he pigs this morning…the last line says “I consider [redacted] to be a fit and proper person to hold a firearms licence”
[Suspect], 3/14, 7:01pm
need a 300WSM for 100
or a 338 lapua
[Suspect], 5/6, 2:11am
talking to the guy now
will sell it to me for $2000
[Suspect], 5/6, 2:17am
i’ve got it if we want it for $2000
[Suspect], 5/24, 7:28pm
i can see a legit purpose for a MSSA…one or two…for 3 gun shoots
or military target comps
Persecution Complex/ Paranoid Delusion
I wish they would hurry up…they played the real dirty politics…even tried to kill me…I have evidence of..
Just to be clear, I never said the Labour Party were trying to kill me. That’s the spin the Labour Party have put on it this morning.
The criminal conspiracy was large enough for some of them not to know what others were planning in parallel.
Mental Health Issues
Part of that was a plan to increase the pressure on me, knowing that I have been open and honest about my mental health issues and suffering depression, to push me to the point where I would kill myself
Intense lack of Empathy
Feral dies in Greymouth, did world a favour
Fortunately we’ve yet to identify any such individual.
Prime Minister John Key claims there are two people living in New Zealand who are capable of acting as lone wolves and repeating what happened in Sydney.
I guess my question is, are these 2 peoples’ names going to be passed on to cricket venues and barred? Or are those with the lone wolf capabilities going to be allowed into the matches? If we’re letting the lone wolves into the matches, who fancies a day on the embankment?
The crass opportunism…in a more measured way. Andrea Vance has done great work this year.
My apologies for causing offence in my earlier post, I was enraged. I've just put some friends on a plane from here where it does routinely happen to there where it "could happen" and feel sick about the way J.P. Key talks it up. Thanks for your patience Russell.
* Apologies, I do seem to have made an absolute balls up of a typo above. Please, in your mind, reconfigure the simple present tense refrain “we hate ISIS” to the progressive “we are hating ISIS♥”.
♥ until further notice.