The Ray White franchise in Blockhouse Bay has just sacked husband and wife agents Paul and Kathryn Davie after anti-muslim Facebook posts from the pair were flagged by a member of the public.
Interestingly, Paul Davie stood as a candidate for the Conservative Party in New Lynn last election.
That "vile, anti-Islamic rants" were posted on Whale Oil doesn't surprise me. The fact that some of them came from a "senior doctor" does.
Where did the money come from?
Media reports so far suggest an inheritance from his father and possibly a minor windfall with some oddball cyber-currency.
To be clear, the guy using the 14/88 symbology discussed above is the ChCh insulation man who was arrested later... not the shooter.
"14.88 is a hate symbol popular with white extremists", but no explanation why.
It's not something I'd come across either, but apparently every nazi will recognise the symbolism. The Anti-Defamation League has a concise answer.
1488 is a combination of two popular white supremacist numeric symbols. The first symbol is 14, which is shorthand for the "14 Words" slogan: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children."
The second is 88, which stands for "Heil Hitler" (H being the 8th letter of the alphabet). Together, the numbers form a general endorsement of white supremacy and its beliefs.
As such, they are ubiquitous within the white supremacist movement - as graffiti, in graphics and tattoos, even in screen names and e-mail addresses, such as firstname.lastname@example.org. Some white supremacists will even price racist merchandise, such as t-shirts or compact discs, for $14.88.
Anyone who'd choose $14.88 per m2 as an integral part of his company's branding knew exactly what he was doing. Highly offensive... and proud of it.
Also a link there to this similar prosecution...
Posting "target acquired" over a photo of the mosque in advance of the shooting suggests that case may be more sinister. I believe that person is still in custody.
Following an offensive Facebook post about the mosque shootings a 28 year old Masterton woman has been charged with inciting racial disharmony. Good.
One of the downsides of living in a tolerant society has been a reluctant tolerance of the racists openly living/posting/broadcasting in our midst. I truly hope that those days are almost over.
Given the grotesque evil which visited our country last week, if ever there was a time to declare our complete intolerance of racism and hate speech, that time is now. Let's make that New Zealand's new norm.
Back to the original Dirty Politics crew for a moment...
Cameron Slater has been left partially disabled following a stroke.
As you were.
I also hope that no one minds too much that I’ve uploaded a PDF of the editorial at the top of this comment
Quite the opposite, Russell. I went to the NZMA site yesterday and was disappointed to find the controversial editorial, which was being widely discussed in the media, was locked behind a subscriber-only firewall. Thanks for sharing.
Medicann, founded in March last year, has been placed into liquidation after investing $3m in the business.
Company chair and Tauranga GP Dr Franz Strydom describes competing factions within the business making his job difficult. There's also just a little whiff of possible fraud in the story.
Strydom said he had serious concerns about the high salaries some of the executives were giving themselves, particularly given that this came out of investor money.
He also said he had no say in the matter when some executives decided to give themselves increases.
He also said that he had referred the matter to the Financial Markets Authority to investigate the matter.
"I initially approached the Serious Fraud Office, but they told me that there wasn't enough money involved and that I should go to the FMA," Strydom says.
This gives Medicann the unenviable title of the first ever Kiwi cannabis firm to go bust.