Posts by Steve Curtis

  • Hard News: 2015: The Budget of what?, in reply to George Darroch,

    The other big question for me: will the NZDF get $400m+ to buy new jetplanes? (C-17 or A400 heavy freight vehicles).

    Question answered. YES. But details not announced but cloaked as being for for defence commitments and humanitarian aid. Need more money later as this is probably only a first up payment.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 294 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Sex, monsters and outrage, in reply to DeepRed,

    Official discrimination, no. De facto discrimination, maybe

    There is no discrimination period. Some people have no idea of the meaning of words.

    Spreading wacko views about unmarried woman isnt hate speech , it isnt discrimination either. It was a pamphlet under a windscreen wiper.
    Discrimination involves doing something to a particular person, like employer to employee, or not providing a service and so on.

    Shopping Malls usually have rules against anyone passing out leaflets, fundraising in their carparks, etc for the simple reason they are a pain. No discrimination involved with that either. The ban would be a blanket one.

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  • Speaker: Sex, monsters and outrage, in reply to Lilith __,

    Yes, the pamphlet sucks. It’s bordering on hate speech

    Bordering on hate speech ??? Someone has got themselves in a twist if they think its. 'borderline'. Quite the reverse in that the Freedom of Expression fully entitles them to give information or opinion of any kind and in any form.
    There is no evidence here of actual discrimination to unwed mothers.
    Having wacko views and spreading them around isn't hate speech , which in NZ only covers those inciting abusive and threatening language because of someones colour race, national or ethnic origins.

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  • Up Front: Stand for... Something,

    Patriotism, the old 'fatherland' or patria in 20th century clothing. Its close cousin Jingoism came from a music hall ditty from the time of the Crimean war

    "We don't want to fight but by Jingo if we do.. "

    Jingo being one of those alliterations used to avoid saying Jesus.

    Are we to really to go back to the era when movie theaters began with playing the national anthem, and everyone stood up ?

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  • Cracker: IT'S ALIVE,

    We have become a nation of indoor cats, this is another example of the best minds of a generation being used to get people to click on something.

    Damian has exceptional writing ability but seems unsatisfied with that and being on TVNZ OD is better ?

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  • Hard News: Behind Baltimore,

    Recently , a US Border guard shot and killed a mexican boy who was standing across the Rio Grande on the mexican side..There isnt any legal redress.
    This wasnt a one off but part of a recent pattern

    You can even see US courts action with regard Kim Dotcom, calling him a 'fugitive from justice', when he is in fact complying with all court actions and is on court approved bail.

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  • Speaker: Look in the Mirror, New Zealand, in reply to steve black,

    the first thing that pops into my mind is “schindler’s list”

    When I think of Scindlers list , I think of those palestinians who did become refugees from their homeland, and are now not allowed to return. Apparently migrants have taken their places

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  • Speaker: Look in the Mirror, New Zealand,

    If you are using John Keys mother Ruth as an example of a refugee to NZ, its not correct as she married a British national in the UK in 1948 and came to NZ when she and her husband were 'assisted migrants'

    The really interesting bit is that John Keys father did go off to Spain in the 1930s, to fight against the fascists in the civil war. Something that now would give him a long prison sentence on his return.

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  • Speaker: Look in the Mirror, New Zealand,

    Oh , that refugee joke.

    Im sure they are laughing as they swim for their lives

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  • Speaker: Look in the Mirror, New Zealand,

    Refugee from Dannevirke ? I think some people seem to have a confused view of what a refugee is.
    Unless Johs father, a Danish born Lutheran pastor was facing war, famine or pestilence, or suffered persecution in Waipukurau when the family left in 1913, refugees they were definitely not. Nor when it occurred the other way when Michael Savage left Australia for NZ in 1907.

    By some measures there could 30,000 migrants arriving in NZ this year, probably a lot more than when my ancestors arrived 150 years , _as migrants_
    They certainly werent suffering were they came from.

    Maybe there should be more official refugees- from war and persecution and the tight control kept on the queue jumpers who arrive under their own steam and for various reasons that often dont stack up.

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