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The Alphabet Soup Of The World Are Offended Again

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The LGBTI community are generally a little bit more thick skinned than this but the story is a perfect illustration at how pathetic modern times have become. Those with a self-appointed entitled role of arbiters of decency towards the "community" I term Alphabet Soup. Here is one, sadly Newshub's Deputy Social Media Manager Breanna Barraclough.  Let us hope the Social Media Manager does not leave anytime soon. That's not even touching on what it's like to be out. My openly gay colleagues are mocked and called slurs when they're just doing their job - something their sexuality has nothing to do with. People are still assaulted for being gay. I still get nasty comments, often sexual in nature, when I'm out in public with a female partner. Unlike Faulkner, I am gay. And to straight people, it's still a big joke. Well no Breanna it is not nice that you get nasty comments directed at you and your female partner, just as it is not n

Sanctimonious Virtue Signalling At Its Worst - Allbirds Loses Plot

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The Allbird sheep following the woke I have purchased a few pairs of Allbirds.  From memory - a grey pair that lasted about 6 months, another grey just 2, a yellow pair that I only wear occasionally and inside and 2 pairs of the white model that have stained or discoloured naturally in the time it takes to shear a sheep.   I can forgive: - That the runners cost US95 (NZ138) in the USA but NZ160 making them always more expensive in NZ than the USA. - The US95 or NZ160 price tag. - The wool loungers are slippers your grandfather used to wear. In the 70's.  - They seemed very popular this summer in Grey Lynn. - Some people take seriously the claim that the wool prevents everyone's feet from smelling, and avoid wearing even no show socks.  - The runners were actually thrown in the bin by a leading Sydney podiatrist when I showed him what I was walking all day in when I had a bout of crippling sciatica. - They provide zero suppor

Time For Cullen To STFU

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The NZ Herald have kept the charade going with this headline screaming at us today Which I call bullshit on. Cullen was steering the HMS Capital Gains Titanic at high speed towards the iceberg of vested interests and sunk it himself.  He made it far too easy to lobby against.  Labour erred in appointing him in the first place, such a dislikable, smarmy target he is. The first question I have is did Cullen charge his $1,000 a day to write this piece? Because it is utter wankery. It is the first time I can recall someone brought into do a job like his was and when the recommendations were tossed out, behaving like such a brat that he immediately seems to think he has carte blanche to criticise the rejection of one of the platforms in it.  The Herald notes he is the "Former" Chairman but the piece shows his confirmation bias. In his piece he blames - MMP - vested interests - a campaign of misinformation - older pakehas - social justice groups A

What the Huawei Is Going On With China - Part IV - NZ Media On The Take? -

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I have a series of blogs looking at this topic.   They are summarised here. Today Stuff has run the most disturbing article to date alleging:  "Concerns have also been raised about its Kiwi sponsorship deals, one of which sees the company's logo appear on all of The New Zealand Herald's Focus videos" Yes. Private companies are fully within their rights to take out advertising and sponsorship deals, and there is not necessarily anything untoward about this activity.  Well there actually is if they are attempting to interfere in the democratic processes and cyber-security of another country.  And it is questionable really if it is a "private" company?! But given political sensitivities, China expert Anne-Marie Brady questions the appropriateness of Huawei handing over money to New Zealand media..  I do not have any issue with Huawei taking out silly advertisements in newspapers or even sponsoring sports teams. I do have an

Cindy Caves In The Confusion on CGT

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This is quite extraordinary. Jacinda Ardern " while she is leader " (in other words - forever) has given up on a Capital Gains Tax.  Her popularity and that of Labour's is at an all time high. This is a victory for all the confusion created by all the scribes and pundits surrounding CGT. This is a victory for how you campaign against a policy that almost half the country actually wants. This is a resounding defeat for all those scribes and pundits pushing the CGT. This is a resounding defeat and a great example how you do not campaign for a policy that almost half the country actually wants. This is the largest defeat of his life for Michael Cullen. Winston Peters is now going to claim victory however having Ardern state " while she is leader " means that this is a much larger backdown and was wider and broader than that.  Winston Peters had very little to do with this decision of Ardern's. NZ First may will not even be a part o

The Throwing of Katz Under The Bus - Craig v Williams Strikes Again

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*Disclosure required: While I think honestly believe Colin Craig is just a silly nong, I am not a fan of Jordan Williams commencing with   being an external coup plotter  his interference in Rodney Hide's ACT leadership.  It was only a friend yelling "no Cactus" that prevented his ending up in the drink outside Dockside, as he oh so delicately swayed on a chair after Roger Kerr's funeral. I have not seen him since. It is hard to know where to start through the muddle of the Craig v Williams, Williams v Craig or is it Craig v Craig, Williams v Williams?  Everyone has lost the plot as much as the participants in this huge legal mess with even more Craig litigation to come from and towards other parties. Plenty has been written on the subject such that confusion reigns supreme all round.  Thanks to Craig's very deep pockets, the Supreme Court were given the job of sorting it all out.  Or not.  So are we faced with going through the torture all ove

The Next NZ Health & Fitness Tsar - Dave Letele

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Rather than post about tax and politics I thought I would mix it up for something more positive. I have always believed that if you’re a fat bastard (and there is nothing wrong with that term or being one) it really is your own fault. The free market approach in that regard is quite easy.   Then I started following this chap online called Dave and the BBM Community. I first came across him as a guest at the Samoan fight Joseph Parker had against Jason Bergman in January 2016.  I found myself with friends rather hilariously yet awkwardly officially marching as guests in Parker's parade down the Main Street of Apia on to the stage. Dave was appearing that day in his alter ego "Brown Butterbean". He had lost a lot of weight but even then was a gimmick boxer. He came up onstage parading in his undies in front of the Samoan PM and other guests and I could see there was a lot more to the guy's story than this. He fought a guy nicknamed "Batman&qu

Top Restaurants or Top Advertisers? Hospo’s dirty little not so secret

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Once again Metro has rolled out "Auckland's top restaurants" for 2019. Every year this gets so much of a joke that I have finally decided to post my view on it and say ENOUGH.   Metro editor Henry Oliver, along with food and dining director Simon Farrell-Green and 10 other judges, say they considered more than 100 restaurants in the Auckland region. Oliver says that to earn a coveted spot, they looked for restaurants that excel not only in food, but also in service, drink quality, design and fit-out, and "how much [we] want to go back". Seriously? Really?  I scream basic advertorial or what’s known as native advertising. ad·ver·to·ri·al /ˌadvərˈtôrēəl/ noun a newspaper or magazine advertisement giving information about a product in the style of an editorial or objective journalistic article. na·tive ad·ver·tis·ing noun material in an online publication which resembles the publication's editorial content but is pa