Cunliffe. MegaApologies.

sorry-not-sure-apology-ecard-someecardsIt’s spreading. It’s now also a spousal issue…habitual apologies.  For goodness sake, Cunliffe (x2) is now beyond redemption. What’s worse is the enduring lack of self-awareness that time is past. Car wreck!

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Black Holes Are A Myth

1411635232000_wps_6_27_Feb_2013_An_artist_s_iActually, I’ve never believed “Black Holes” were real, just a whole mash of Arthur C. Clarke-type sci fi with the word “science” bolted on.  It’s rubbish, always has been.  Now I’m backed up by, well, “science” and MATHS which makes it even more certain! As a layman I tend to use my common sense on these fanciful sciencey trips, and Black Holes?  Meh, Yeah nah.

“A scientist from University of North Carolina states she has mathematical proof that black holes (illustrated) can’t exist. She said it is impossible for stars to collapse and form a singularity. Previously, scientists thought stars larger than the sun collapsed under their own gravity and formed black holes as they died…”

But now there’s also doubt about Mr Big Bang. Here’s the link…

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2769156/Black-holes-NOT-exist-Big-Bang-Theory-wrong-claims-scientist-maths-prove-it.html

Although, I can admit that SheWhoMustBeObeyed does have Black Holes in her bag.  Stuff goes in there and collapses into another universe.

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7Best (Understanding the Middle East. 3/7)

3 – AN INVISIBLE NATION: KURDISTAN

Kurds are predominantly Sunni Muslim but have their own language and culture separate to that of their neighbours, the Arabs, Turks and Persians. There are major Kurdish populations in Iran, Turkey, Iraq and Syria, each experiencing varying degrees of hostility from those states, who perceive them as a separatist force striving for a nation of its own. In Iraq, the leading Kurdish parties are the KDP (led by the Barzani family) and the PUK (which includes the current Iraqi President, Fouad Massoum, and is led by his predecessor as Iraqi president, Jalal Talabani). The Turkish government is currently engaged in a peace process with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party or PKK and its imprisoned leader Abdullah Ocalan. Turkey had tried to stamp out the PKK by force over decades, and the PKK is listed by many Western countries as a terrorist group.

Most Kurds believe that the principles set out in the post-World War I Middle East settlement by US president Woodrow Wilson among others committed the international community to the creation of an independent homeland for Kurds, but that subsequent political developments resulted in the West reneging on that commitment.

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[CONSV. The Kurds are a very definable people; I think its time to acknowledge them and define an independent state (as was done with Iraq and Syria many years ago).  We need them as allies in this area and should build a strong Western link with this people and assist them to fight against the evil manifest in ISIS and with some of the Syrian and Iraqi elements across their border.  Turkey obviously has to be consulted about this, but may appreciate a buffer state on their border with few expansionist tendencies into their own territory].

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Pic of the Day

In 1910, this grand palace was built as a home for Polish Royalty. The rest of the century proved uncertain for the country and under communist rule the palace became an agricultural school, as well as a home for mentally handicapped adults and children. The former palace was deserted following the fall of the USSR and now lays abandoned.

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Signs of Our Times (2014 Election by Hoarding. 1/30).

There is an art form to witty and poignant defacing of public electioneering signs (hoardings).  It’s part of the dance twerled by the public and their hopeful political candidates. 2014 was hall-marked by wanton destruction and idiotic factional trashing of opponents’ hoardings (actually a crime) perpetrated principally by the “principled” (yeah right) Green party.  Several of their supporters were prosecuted in court. However, there was some more creative work. Here then for October, a series of witty and funny hoarding graffitti and defacings by punters during the September 2014 New Zealand election campaign.

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Netanyahu’s Speech to the UN today

This is, according to The Jerusalem Post, a transcription of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech to the United Nations General Assembly for September 29.

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Thank you, Mr. President, Distinguished delegates, I come here from Jerusalem to speak on behalf of my people, the people of Israel. I’ve come here to speak about the dangers we face and about the opportunities we see. I’ve come here to expose the brazen lies spoken from this very podium against my country and against the brave soldiers who defend it.

Ladies and Gentlemen, The people of Israel pray for peace.

But our hopes and the world’s hope for peace are in danger. Because everywhere we look, militant Islam is on the march.

It’s not militants. It’s not Islam. It’s militant Islam. Typically, its first victims are other Muslims, but it spares no one. Christians, Jews, Yazidis, Kurds – no creed, no faith, no ethnic group is beyond its sights. And it’s rapidly spreading in every part of the world. You know the famous American saying: “All politics is local”? For the militant Islamists, “All politics is global.” Because their ultimate goal is to dominate the world.

Now, that threat might seem exaggerated to some, since it starts out small, like a cancer that attacks a particular part of the body. But left unchecked, the cancer grows, metastasizing over wider and wider areas. To protect the peace and security of the world, we must remove this cancer before it’s too late. Last week, many of the countries represented here rightly applauded President Obama for leading the effort to confront ISIS. And yet weeks before, some of these same countries, the same countries that now support confronting ISIS, opposed Israel for confronting Hamas. They evidently don’t understand that ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree.

ISIS and Hamas share a fanatical creed, which they both seek to impose well beyond the territory under their control.

Listen to ISIS’s self-declared caliph,Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. This is what he said two months ago: A day will soon come when the Muslim will walk everywhere as a master… The Muslims will cause the world to hear and understand the meaning of terrorism… and destroy the idol of democracy. Now listen to Khaled Meshaal, the leader of Hamas. He proclaims a similar vision of the future: We say this to the West… By Allah you will be defeated. Tomorrow our nation will sit on the throne of the world.

As Hamas’s charter makes clear, Hamas’s immediate goal is to destroy Israel. But Hamas has a broader objective. They also want a caliphate. Hamas shares the global ambitions of its fellow militant Islamists. That’s why its supporters wildly cheered in the streets of Gaza as thousands of Americans were murdered on 9/11. And that’s why its leaders condemned the United States for killing Osama Bin Laden, whom they praised as a holy warrior.

So when it comes to their ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas.

And what they share in common, all militant Islamists share in common: • Boko Haram in Nigeria; • Ash-Shabab in Somalia; • Hezbollah in Lebanon; • An-Nusrah in Syria; • The Mahdi Army in Iraq; • And the Al-Qaeda branches in Yemen, Libya, the Philippines, India and elsewhere.

Some are radical Sunnis, some are radical Shi’ites. Some want to restore a pre-medieval caliphate from the 7th century. Others want to trigger the apocalyptic return of an imam from the 9th century. They operate in different lands, they target different victims and Continue reading

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Ilam candidate ‘Macbeths’ Cunliffe. (Melodrama).

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[“By the pricking of my thumbs/Something wicked this way comes"].

This election I ran against Labour’s candidate in Ilam, James Macbeth Dann, alongside/against Gerry Brownlee.  I was actually more against James than I was Gerry (you can see our candidate’s debate here. See Episode 5) but ‘James Macbeth’ was an informed and articulate Labour candidate, if a little angry (like many Lefties). That anger has now turned on his leader (which is very Labour) generating some Shakespearean hubristic melodrama.

[“I have no spur/To prick the sides of my intent, but only/Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself/And falls on the other”]. 

Knives are pulled, there are witches, and there’s blood everywhere (just the beginning of the bloodletting I suspect). [Oh winter of discontent!"]

james-macbeth-dann-labour-nz-billboard‘James Macbeth’ has delivered in due soliloquy a very public ‘Macbething’ of David Cunliffe. It is devastating, but he’s correct.  His assessment is on performance and results.

“We delivered tens of thousands of pieces of paper with your face on it. But the reality, the hard truth, is that people in the electorate just didn’t connect with you. I lost count of the number of times I door knocked someone who told me they had voted Labour all their life, but wouldn’t vote for us as long as you were leader. People who would have a Labour sign – but not one with your face on it.

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The anger…it burns… James Macbeth tries sarcasim.

“The Labour Party isn’t a vehicle for you to indulge your fantasy of being Prime Minister…

[Not so sick, my lord, as she is troubled with thick-coming fancies that keep her from rest].

“While you might think that it’s your destiny to be the visionary leader of this country, the country has a very different vision – and it doesn’t involve you.

“I think I did a good job in a very difficult electorate, and would like to build on it at the next election. However, I won’t be part of a party that you lead. Not because I don’t like you, but because I simply don’t want to lose again. That’s the reality David. The people of New Zealand don’t want you to be their leader. The comparisons that you and your supporters have thrown up don’t hold water – you aren’t Norm Kirk and you aren’t Helen Clark. You’re David Cunliffe and you led the Labour Party to it’s most devastating result in modern history.

[“Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing"].

“If you win, I’ll step aside from the party, to let you and your supporters mould it into the party you want. But in return I ask this: if you lose this primary, you resign from parliament. In your time in opposition, we’ve had you on the front bench, where you let down your leader at the most critical point of the 2011 campaign. You ran for leader and lost, then destabilised the elected leader. Then when you got your chance as leader, you led Labour a party that was polling in the mid-30’s to one that sits firmly in the mid-20’s. There is no place for you in this party anymore.”

This objective assessment of actuals below is, I think, the coup de grace. And coming from a foot soldier working hard in a safe National seat, well, he deserves his say…

“…we’ve had you on:

• the front bench, where you let down your leader at the most critical point of the 2011 campaign.

• You ran for leader and lost

• then destabilised the elected leader.

• Then …you led Labour a party that was polling in the mid-30’s to one that sits firmly in the mid-20’s.” 

NZ politics at its Shakespearean best. [“Out, damned spot! out, I say!”]. 

Meanwhile, away from the Dark Side.

Meanwhile, away from the Dark Side the Center-Right trades respectfully and collegially which is how we do in Ilam.

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Pic of the Day (Woodwind Instrument?)

This tree has actually grown up through this abandoned piano.

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#1 Son Skates Gangnam Style with Gay Shoes

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“It’s a scraaatch…not a pick!” [Seinfeld].

[VIDEO] Welcome to Team-Asher. Before he left several years ago to live and work in Korea (which he adores) #1 son Ash was a sponsored skateboarder in Christchurch.  Here’s a new vid of Off-Spring1 skating Korea Gangnam Style, sponsored by Tussa Skateboard Group.  I especially like the gay Dorothy shoes.  “Sup? Yo yo Mr Ash! Ollie that Gangnam Style wid so’ salmon sachet wiggle!” A little self aggrandizement of sons is a Father’s preserve.  These boys rock, all in their own way.  Here’s Fl-ASH.  [Proud glow]. http://vimeo.com/106491700

Asher at left.

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