Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Andrei I'm not sure that potty mouthed feminists are the right people to partake in "shaping the next generation" either

Hey I feel kinda the same way about folk like him. Having a mouth doesn't come with a right to partake in shaping the next generation so shut the **** up, already, Richard.

From a comment on "MCP Watch: Richard Prosser MP"

Richard Prosser is a new New Zealand First MP and he has written a book that has upset some people it seems.

Be that as it may the right people to "partake in shaping the next generation" are the parents of those children - anyone want to disagree?

Of course some extremely wicked people have infiltrated the education system and think they are the right people to "partake in shaping the next generation" and they teach little girls things like it is perfectly ok to dismember your living unborn child if it is going to get in the way of what you want to do.

And other things, nearly but not quite, as vile.

The fruits of their endevours are quite plain to see - we are a long way from Nirvana.

Andrei Scaring us into compliance and servitude

Recycled United Nations bumph from Reuters and published on Stuff complete with that wonderful tightly cropped picture and caption to left.

The end approacheth and this is our (hot) future.

You'll be surprised, no doubt, to learn that the expert panel who produced the report has no less than 56 recommendations that we may avert our doom.

As reported we see er well the usual bureaucratic boilerplate
Among the panel's recommendations, it urged governments to agree on a set of sustainable development goals which would complement the eight Millennium Development Goals to 2015 and create a framework for action after 2015.
Indeed! frameworks for action incorporating sustainable development goals are indeed very useful in providing sustenance for those who produce them but have never really accomplished anything when it comes to the sustenance of the poor in East Africa.
They should work with international organizations to create an "evergreen revolution," which would at least double productivity while reducing resource use and avoiding further biodiversity losses, the report said.

Water and marine ecosystems should be managed more efficiently and there should be universal access to affordable sustainable energy by 2030.
Doubling productivity while reducing resource usage - huh? What is going to be produced and from what will it be produced? I'll tell you something the UN has way more than doubled its productivity when it comes to producing empty words but I'll bet you its resource usage in this noble endevour has not reduced in the entirety of its existence - indeed I put it to you that it has continued to grow since 1945 or 1949 depending on wherever you choose place its beginning.
To make the economy more sustainable, carbon and natural resource pricing should be established through taxation, regulation or emissions trading schemes by 2020 and fossil fuel subsidies should also be phased out by that time.
There is not a problem in this world that cannot be solved by new taxes and levies. It is the universal panacea for all the worlds problems you might think.
National fiscal and credit systems should be reformed to provide long-term incentives for sustainable practices as well as disincentives for unsustainable ones.
Good thing about defining an activity as sustainable or otherwise is that if you are the one who does the defining you can control what other people can or can't do.

Enough already, you get the gist, we need more Government, more bureaucrats, more rules and regulations for them to administer otherwise ........

Monday, January 30, 2012

Andrei The world is an incredibly shallow place

It's Sundance Film Festival time.

An excerpt from a documentary film that is making a splash there.

There is a certain inevitability about that I suppose.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Fletch St Thomas and First Cause

Yesterday (January 28th) was the feast day in the Church of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the great philosopher, and a Doctor of the Church. He wrote much about the Nature of God, including his massive Summa Theologica. To that end, this reminded me of a part of a book by another Thomas (Thomas E Woods), called "How The Catholic Church Built Western Civilisation", where he takes the idea of Aquinas' First Cause and simplifies it for the reader. I will link to the page on Google books HERE, but also excerpt it below -

Saint Thomas's views are best understood if we begin with thought experiments from the secular world. Suppose you want to purchase a pound of turkey at the deli counter. Upon arrival there, you find that you must take a number before you can place your order. Just as you are about to take a number, however, you find that you are required to take a number before you can take a number. And just as you are about to take that number, you find that you must first take yet another number.Thus you must take a number to take a number to take a number to be able to place your order at the deli counter.

Suppose further that the series of numbers you are required to take is infinite. Every single time you are about to take a number, you discover that there exists a prior number you must first take before you can take the next number. You will never get to the deli counter under such conditions. From now until the end of time you will be forever taking numbers . Now if you were to come across someone in the grocery store walking around with half a pound of roast beef that he had purchased at the deli counter, you would instantly know that the series of numbers must in fact not go on forever.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Lucia Expressway change biased against homeowners

"They are going through houses and good properties for a few trees and Maori artefacts."

When the Motorway was built in Wellington, the Bolton St Cemetery was in the way of it, so graves were moved, no big deal. But Maori have a pantheist view which means they can decide their land is sacred in a way that a cemetery or homeowner's land isn't. It's superstition really, but pandering to superstition seems to be increasing.

Related link: Shock at expressway change ~ Dominion Post

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Lucia Government contemplating open-ended plan to combat child abuse that could be changed without legislation

I've just been reading the Government's Green Paper on child abuse and had to stop and post on this doozy of a section that I just found on page 16. This is all about an action plan for helping vulnerable children (ie those likely to get abused). The idea is to legislate a "plan", but not the details of the plan. That way the details can be changed at any time without legislation. Here's the exact bit from the document.

The New Zealand Government could make changes to legislation that would:

• Set out the requirements for a Vulnerable Children’s Action Plan
• Set out the purpose and goals of having such a Plan
• Create cross-agency accountability for implementing the Plan by, for example, allocating responsibility
for it to a group of government chief executives
• Specifically recognise the needs of tangata whenua tamariki and include a process for a partnership
with iwi, hapu - and other Ma-ori organisations to address those needs
• Mandate regular reporting on progress
• Make specific policy changes (such as requirements for sharing information about vulnerable children)
• Make changes to practice (such as any necessary workforce regulation).

The Plan itself might not be included in legislation because its actions and targets will need to change as progress is made or new evidence becomes available. The legislation could contain a requirement that a Plan be developed, and that this Plan would be publicly available at all times and would contain actions, targets and timelines. Legislation could also clearly determine what must be in the Plan to ensure a longterm commitment.

Everyone will be interested in knowing the difference the Plan is making for vulnerable children. Legislation can set out processes for accountability that are transparent. It can require monitoring and reporting of progress against the Plan so that, as a nation, we know how that progress is being made.

It could do this through existing Government reporting processes. In addition, it could require a report to be tabled in Parliament so that it could be examined, for example, at a Select Committee. Or legislation could mandate monitoring of national progress on the Plan by a crown agency such as the Children’s Commissioner.

I'm flabbergasted. How could a government even contemplate such open-ended legislation? What type of people do they have working in the government right now? It would allow for anything to be inserted into the plan without legislation being necessary, thus bypassing Parliament completely.

Or am I wrong and I'm just freaking out over nothing?

Related link: Green Paper for Vulnerable Childre

Lucia Liam Neeson thinking about becoming Muslim


Neeson says of Istanbul:

“The call to prayer happens five times a day and for the first week it drives you crazy, and then it just gets into your spirit and it’s the most beautiful, beautiful thing.

“There are 4,000 mosques in the city. Some are just stunning and it really makes me think about becoming a Muslim.”

He needs to think about this some more. There's nothing stopping him from praying regularly as a Catholic, which I gather he doesn't really practice. Catholicism is a far more intellectual religion than Islam, so Islam tends to suit those that have trouble with concepts such as The Trinity (three persons in one God) or the Incarnation (the Second Person of the Trinity becoming man). If he stays Catholic, no one is going to make him pray like the almost political nature of Islamic group prayer where if you are not there joining in, people will notice.

Hilaire Belloc said of the Islamic religion that "it was a perversion of Christian doctrine". That on the whole, Mohammad, a pagan who lived on the fringe of the Catholic world, absorbed Catholicism and simplified his own version of it. However, by denying the Incarnation, he went much further than the Arians of his time (Christians that denied Jesus was divine), and by doing so wiped out the whole sacramental system of Christianity, making Islam very different. See an old post of mine, The great and enduring heresy of Mohommad.

Belloc also predicted back in his time (the first half of the previous century) that Islam would return. In a time of massive Christian lukewarmness, it is any wonder that those such as Neeson are attracted to the enforced religiosity of Islam?

Related link: Liam Neeson says he is thinking of becoming a Muslim ~ Holy Post

Andrei Waltz at the Brandenburg Gate

May 1945 and a lovely Red Army soldier directs traffic.

Lucia Government taking disturbing new direction under the guise of child abuse preventing

Average Kiwi families could be subject to greater state scrutiny if proposed rules around mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse are introduced.

A Families Commission report, released today, says agencies' inadequate systems are putting vulnerable children at risk.

It calls for better information-sharing between government departments and enhanced reporting by health professionals to safeguard at-risk children.

But it also suggests controversial new measures that could expose innocent mums and dads to greater government intervention if child abuse is suspected.

More than 22,000 children suffered emotional, physical and sexual abuse, or neglect, in the last financial year. Every year an average of 10 children die at the hands of their family or carers.

And how many of those abused children live with their biological married parents?

That is the elephant in the room - children are far more likely to be abused if their parent is a single mother and she has a live in boyfriend, but is the Government even directing their attention to irregular relationship setups? No. They just want greater scrutiny of parents who love and care for their children and live in such a way that abuse would be incredibly rare.

Related link : Plan to keep Kiwi kids safe

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Lucia Companies for Conservatives to boycott

Starbucks
Microsoft
Nike
RealNetworks
Group Health Cooperative
Concur
Vulcan

I think this is disgusting that large international companies are seeking this sort of blatant political influence.  They deserve to be boycotted at every opportunity by the majority of people who are against the redefinition of marriage.

Related links:
Starbucks supports gay marriage legislation
Microsoft, Vulcan, other companies support gay marriage

Lucia Infected by feminism

Yesterday I was attacked by occasional commenter, Medusa, who told me to get off my arse and get a real job, the implication being that staying home to raise my children is not worth my time and they turn out just fine if a woman works full-time.  In fact she went further and implied her children would turn out better than mine because she worked while they were growing up!  Anyway, Medusa's comment was incredibly catty and I responded in kind, but, it reminded me of this post that I wanted to write. Namely that feminism has influenced very deeply how most people see women in society and what little value is given to motherhood.

Marxism early on recognised the bourgeoisie mother at home as a real obstacle in achieving a socialist society and so worked on making all women think that they would be far more valuable working than staying home raising their children and looking after their families. In other words, becoming a generator of income rather than a raiser and teacher of children.  This way, the woman would be separated from her children and less able to influence them in order to pass on conservative family values and religion.

Several decades on from when working outside the home was mostly a choice, and something women did only because of necessity; now families rely on that second income, making the mother at home somewhat of an anachronism. What is wrong with a woman who stays home, people think. Well ... nothing actually. In a society where the absurd has become normalised, nothing at all.

So, here's a test for everyone reading this blog. Do you think you are a feminist, or have been infected by feminist thought without realising it? If you agree with any of the core feminist principles below, you are a feminist. If you also think you are a conservative, you might want to think again. Feminism and conservatism are not compatible - you are either one or the other.

At its core, Feminism teaches that:
  • Men and women tend to behave differently because of social conditioning, not because there are innate biological and psychological differences between them.
  • The chief reason women have been less often represented in the first ranks of public achievement in scholarship, the arts, politics, and war, is that in every human society of which we have evidence, throughout all of recorded history, they were repressed by a patriarchal power structure maintained through force and indoctrination.
  • Because large numbers of children in a family constitute both a barrier to the advancement of women and a threat to our ecology, small families should be the cultural norm.
  • It is unjust that the consequences of sexual behavior are biologically unequal for men and women. As much as possible, those consequences must be equalized through medical technology and reformed cultural attitudes.
  • To find meaning in their lives, women should look first to their careers, rather than to their role as lifegivers, culture bearers, nurturers, and educators of the next generation of human beings.
  • Women who regard themselves as mothers first are wasting their education and smothering their talents by staying home to raise their children.

I personally reject all the above core feminist ideas. They are all destructive and all contribute to the disintegration of society. The only way that this can be turned around is for parents to start living in way where they understand that they are the primary raisers of their children and to give that responsibility to other people is to court trouble. As Donna Steichen says:

The sole advantage of living in a lawless time is that you can refuse to be a child of your age. Almost everyone in this workers’ society is too preoccupied with his own place on the treadmill to pay much attention to your eccentricities. What devastated our culture was the flight of mothers from their homes. Society is drowning in the consequences, but nothing prevents you and your family from living your lives differently. Our culture will never be restored until women again take up rearing their children as their chief and indispensable task—and men make the sacrifices needed to support them in that decision. While aggressive forces continue to push the nation toward family disintegration, a healthy resistance movement is awake and growing. It is made up of uncompromising religious believers, pro-lifers, and homeschoolers, both organized and autonomous, along with back-to-the-land agrarians and Tea Party independents. One Virginia women’s organization summed things up in a bumper sticker reading “Be Countercultural: Raise Your Own Kids.”.
Related link : Is Feminism a Heresy? ~ Donna Steichen, Crisis Magazine

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Andrei Well boo hoo hoo

Well good luck don't let the door hit you on the way out
An associate professor, who has worked at the university for almost 20 years, said changes to his timetable had led him to look for a job overseas.

Quelle horreur He has to take a class at 8am on one day of the week.
He would now be required to take a class at 8am and his last class that day was scheduled to start at 5pm. On another day, he had classes from 9am to 10am and then from 11am to 3pm.
Perhaps a few years working 12 hour shifts in a coal mine might bring about a change of perspective?

Source: Varsity staff angered by changes to timetables

Andrei A significant loss of direction and purpose

And as we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.”

Barack Obama
On the Anniversary of Roe V Wade

What is anybody's life about? It's the big question. What is your purpose? Do you exist just to satisfy your personal desires? To satiate your lusts whatever they be?

Or is there something bigger than yourself?
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
The devastating lie, seductive though it may be, in fullfilling your dreams as an aspiration is that for the vast majority of humanity it cannot be. Only a few can achieve the dizzying heights of rock super stardom while somebody has to dig the coal, milk the cows, seal the roads, dig the drains and all the other things that make the world work.

That's ok - most people accept and make the best of what they have got and get on with it. And the wise and fortunate put their energy and resources not into themselves but their families and children. They dig the coal so that those they love can grow and prosper. And that provides the meaning for everything they do.

And a society and culture that values children and raises them well prospers while societies and cultures that don't wither and die.

We do not value children very much - I saw the term womb turd used to describe a baby the other day. A repulsive term for a precious thing.

Whether you sacrifice children in the name of primitive eugenics as the Spartans did or so that women can aspire to be astronauts as we are doing the net result will always be the same cultural death. This should be obvious but it isn't - alas.

When you are on your death bed contemplating your life, whether man or woman, what will your legacy be? A memory of fancy cocktail parties and now rusting fancy cars or your children and grandchildren?

Update: Powerline's thoughts on this matter

Monday, January 23, 2012

Andrei The USA is a very strange country, a very strange country indeed

Apparently the display of the banner at the left is a violation of the US Constitution.

But the very same document protects this
(WARNING: do not click on the above link without your barf bag handy. Readers with weak hearts are advised to use extreme caution when following it).

I wonder if this is what the founding fathers really had in mind when they were framing it?

Lucia Bloody Foreigners: The Untold Battle of Britain




I really enjoyed watching the above dramatisation on Polish Squadron 303, the men of whom flew in defence of Britain during the Battle of Britain. Despite losing raw recruits left, right and centre, the British were most reticent in allowing the very experienced Polish pilots into the air, and they were only allowed up when one of the pilots broke off from a training run to engage with the enemy. Even then, it was only when their British commander flew with them did he believe they were actually devastatingly effective.

So cool to see it, I highly recommend it.

Andrei Hmmmm

The University College London Union will probably never see any irony in this.
The president of a London university atheist society has resigned over a row about an image of the Prophet Muhammad.

The society at University College London (UCL) published an image on its Facebook page showing "Jesus and Mo" having a drink at a bar.

The atheist group was asked by the UCL union to remove it, but refused and started a petition defending its freedom of expression.

A student Muslim group began a counter-petition asking for its removal.
The cartoon in question of course is designed to be offensive to Christians as well as Muslims.
"The society was asked to remove the image because UCLU aims to foster good relations between different groups of students and create a safe environment where all students can benefit from societies regardless of their religious or other beliefs."
Source: Muhammad cartoon row leads to resignation

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Andrei Quote of the day

The contempt for “women and children first” is not a small loss.

For soft cultures in good times, dispensing with social norms is easy. In hard times, you may have need of them.

Mark Steyn

Andrei Branded

The premise behind this would not need stating in the pre Oprah Winfrey world where naval gazing and touchy feely sensitivity didn't rule because it couldn't afford to.
In the harsh world of the American frontier or on the Eurasian Steppes the worst thing a man could be was a coward - it was perhaps the one unforgivable sin.

Related Post: Don’t know courage until tested

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Andrei Grandma

Another image from the 21st century European Union

Andrei A Post for Keith but it's not a Tango

There is a little in-joke in the title - it doesn't matter if you don't get it the dancing is the thing.

ZenTiger Marriage Destroyers - Pornography (Lolicon Edition)

We've lost a recent post for some reason, which means incoming links from other sites clicking on that post get a page not found error. So I'm repeating the last post title to fix that link until a new one comes along.

Here's the last post, which has all the magic keyword: Porn and Marriage




And here's a little bit of information on "Lolicon"

Friday, January 20, 2012

Lucia Marriage Destroyers - Pornography


But I say to you, that whosoever shall look on a woman to lust after her, has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Ego autem dico vobis : quia omnis qui viderit mulierem ad concupiscendum eam, jam mœchatus est eam in corde suo.
Matthew 5:28

Pornography is one of the modern world's marriage destroyers, yet very few people today make the effort to stay away from it.  As Jesus says, if you look lustfully at a woman, you've already committed adultery with her in your heart.

Jason Evert in the YouTube clip talks about the destructive effects of pornography on a marriage.  He asks how marriage can last if a man is constantly comparing the images he sees in pornography with his wife, and  how he can be satisfied with her body if he's been trained to become bored with women's bodies in 15 to 30 seconds. Very few marriages can survive infidelity and pornography is a means of being unfaithful, no matter how people rationalise it.

If you are shocked by this whole concept of pornography being harmful to a marriage and you want to stop your addiction, never fear, recovery is possible.  Have a look at this link: Breaking free of pornography.

Andrei Smackdown

I don't think he's the right guy for the job but this good to see.

The whole thing is a circus and the media are the ones who have made it so.

Andrei A perfect illustration of the decline of a once great nation

An address at Disney world, Florida in which Tourism is touted as a great hope for the future. Well the USA is a great place to visit - I have been there several times - even been to Disney World, Fla.

It's not so pleasant these days I'm told - heaven help you if you have the misfortune to wear a colostomy bag and seek to travel within the borders of the "Land of the free" in these uncertain times.

Of course in a time of large scale unemployment and uncertainty over energy supplies, along with the reliance upon sourcing oil from places in unfriendly hands you might think that an administration with its hands on the tiller would welcome the construction of a pipeline from its nearest neighbour. A secure and reliable source of the fuel that powers our civilization.

And from a regime that is friendly to the United States.

But in Fantasy Land the provision of jobs and securing energy supplies presumably remains a task for Tinkerbell.

Andrei Epiphany 2012

Epiphany was Feast with a higher profile than Christmas once upon a time.

It is all but forgotten in the West (celebrated on January 6th) but not in the East where in many places it was celebrated yesterday, January 6th as reckoned by the Julian Calendar.

You probably wont see this on the TV News - but this is a day to recall the Baptism of Christ and yours also.

ZenTiger Th, th, that's all folks (c)

Looks like the SOPA Bill has hit a temporary setback: Hat tip Crusader Rabbit

Last I heard, the film and media companies were looking to copyright internet protest action, in the vain hope that the internet would actually pay attention to their copyright.

Please copy this post, and pass it on.

Th, th, th, that's all folks (c)



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Further details bitTorrent, file shared and copied from here: Internet Freedom extended a few months.

And covered on NZC here: Please look at this broken link

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Lucia Listen to the conversation between the coast guard and the captain of the recently sunk cruise liner



It's in Italian with sub-titles, however, it's still incredibly compelling. Even thought I've already read the transcript in the Dominion Post today, I was hanging onto every word.

Andrei They don't make them like this anymore

Irene Papas was so beautiful and this is so sad.

When this movie came out this scene caused controversy in Greece, people said Greeks didn't do things like this. The original writer, Nikos Kazantzakis, claimed it happened in 1910 or so.

Who knows, great movie, great scene

Andrei 21st century masculinity and 21st century something entirely else

Manhood surrendered

Manhood intact


Update: As more details emerge another name comes to the fore - Captain Roberto Bosio who was on the ship by chance and who took charge after the ships master had failed to

“We managed to avoid the worse and have the world crash down around us. I just want to rest and forget.
“Don’t call me a hero. I just did my duty, the duty of a sea captain – actually the duty of a normal man.
“I and the others with me just did our duty. We looked each other in the eyes for a second and then we Just got on with it.”

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Lucia Falsehood, Coveteousness, Discord, Injustice


A reminder of the evils that truly plague the world:
The Venerable Bede records that Fursey experienced a vision, in which angels carried him out of his body to a great height. Looking down into a gloomy valley, he saw four fires. The first, an angel explained, was Falsehood; the next Covetousness; the third Discord and the last Injustice. Gradually these fires drew together into one mighty conflagration.

Fursey became alarmed. The angel, though, reassured him: “It will not burn you because you did not kindle it; for although it appears as a great and terrible fire, it tests everyone according according to his desert, and will burn away sinful desires.” Fursey did not entirely escape, for one of the demons who tortured fallen spirits in the flames thrust a victim against him, causing him to be burnt on his (presumably ghostly) shoulder and jaw.

Fursey recognised the man, and remembered that he had appropriated some of his clothes after he died. Restored once more to his body, he found that he had a permanent scar on his shoulder and jaw.

Related link: The monk who was burned by a demon in his sleep ~ Catholic Herald

ZenTiger Please look at this broken link

Here's a link to the details of SOPA which threatens internet freedom: Stop Online Piracy Act

Only problem is, the link may not be working for the next 24 hours as Wiki threaten to go dark in protest against the proposed legislation. Apparently, the legislators are backing off and Obama is backing the winds of change - and doesn't support the legislation, at least in its current form.

Text of the SOPA Bill

Among other things, the bill grants immunity from prosecution to all of the companies and organisations that jump on the bandwagon and help to shut down a "suspect" site. The implication then being they face prosecution if they don't take any action.

There are many sites discussing the negative side of SOPA, so I just want to make one point about legislation such as this. That point is that this type of legislation places the onus (costs and risks) on businesses to enforce government mandates, or they themselves be punished. This has been happening for a long time, especially with tax collection. Businesses are required to collect taxes for the government through GST, which is different to actually paying a tax based on a share of the profits. They are required to extract taxes from employees, rather than have the employee respond to the government's demand on their income.

Another obvious area is border control. Data collection requirements and security costs in this area increasingly fall to the corporations running airports, and the airlines bringing in the passengers. The cost of returning illegal passengers fall onto the shoulders of the airlines. This article from 2008 provides an example of my point:
Airlines operating to and from the UK will soon be tasked with collecting comprehensive data from every passenger entering or leaving the country under a new government programme called e-Borders, which is expected to cost carriers £450 million ($669.2 million) in the first 10 years.
SOPA goes as far as requiring search engine companies, such as Google, to remove links to suspect sites:

(B) INTERNET SEARCH ENGINES- A provider of an Internet search engine shall take technically feasible and reasonable measures, as expeditiously as possible, but in any case within 5 days after being served with a copy of the order, or within such time as the court may order, designed to prevent the foreign infringing site that is subject to the order, or a portion of such site specified in the order, from being served as a direct hypertext link.
Again, the cost of enforcing the law is placed on businesses, with the way open to make them pay a fine for not doing the government's dirty work. It's an interesting concept, and one that will certainly change the behaviour of businesses (for the worse) if it becomes more common. It's like moving from requiring seat belts in cars, to fining Toyota if they allow a drunk driver to get behind the wheel of a Toyota. But what is more sinister is that rather than bind up the rights and obligations of an internet user in a "terms of use" clause, or requiring definite proof of illegal activity, it's a move to allow anyone to report a suspect drunk driver of a Toyota to the Toyota head office, and they push a button to turn off the car, and then wait for the owner to walk into town to register a complaint that it was uncalled for.

Clearly, there needs to be a fair and reasonable way of protecting copyright and intellectual property, and balance that with "fair use" policies. My understanding is that SOPA doesn't strike that balance, and relies on setting up the internet to be easily controlled, so that the same techniques that protect copyright could be too easily adapted to censor free speech. Such changes then require much public discussion. What also needs discussion is how far the government can go requiring businesses to effectively become a law enforcement agency for big government.


Lucia Why men do what they do, from 60 years ago

Good can come out of evil. After the last few days of being vilified and misrepresented by the misogynists* of A Voice for Men, in researching them I found this wonderful blog, called The Thinking Housewife. Last year she posted a review of a 1950's British movie on aviation which gave a small insight into the mind of the man who took risks of over sixty years ago.

The film, released as Decision Against Time in America and directed by Charles Crichton,  is interesting for its portrayal of the almost entirely male world of commercial aviation and for its aerial cinematography, but also for its sensitive exploration of the psychology of the male provider. Though made less than 60 years ago, this is a world in which a female commercial pilot is unimaginable.

At the beginning of the story, Mitchell realizes he is unable to afford a better house for his family and that his company faces bankruptcy if its newest freight plane doesn’t sell. Mitchell takes the plane for a test flight with a potential buyer and virtually everything goes wrong. A fire breaks out in one of the engines. The passengers bail out of the plane. Mitchell refuses to ditch the aircraft in the Irish Sea at the radioed instructions of the company president.

In a brilliant scene, Mitchell later reacts to his wife Mary’s charge that he has thoughtlessly risked his life. Mary has witnessed her husband’s harrowing flight and becomes upset and angry. She accuses him of caring for his job, not his family. The wife is played magnificently by Elizabeth Sellars. Mitchell’s response to his wife, as played by Hawkins and written by the screenwriter William Rose, is breathtaking and utterly true to life. Watch its prelude and the actual scene starting at minute 1:05 here. The actor said it was one of the best performances of his career:

“I then had a six-minute speech, which was really the justification why a man does a job – any job – which was brilliantly written by Bill Rose, one of the finest screenwriters, and a man who wrote perfectly for me. This speech attracted a lot of attention, and for an actor no feeling exceeds the satisfaction when people come up afterwards and say that the character you played was splendid, and you were the right person to play it.”

The You-Tube link is to the actual movie which is over an hour long, so don't click on it unless you are ready to watch it.

Related link: “Man in the Sky” ~ The Thinking Housewife

* Misogynist is not a word I would normally use, but given this post of that site, I feel completely justified.

Andrei The WW2 Historical perspective challenge - Answers

The anwers for yesterdays challenge (as I see them) are below the fold

What was interesting but not entirely surprising was the universal misidentification of Jean de Lattre de Tassigny as being Charles de Gaulle. They are pictured together on the left.

A mistake no Frenchman would make I'd posit.

The other interesting thing was the placement of Lake Ladoga in Finland rather than Russia. The Northern part of the lake is encompassed by Ladoga Karelia, a then disputed region of Karelia which was held by the Finns from 1920 to 1940 and again contested from 1941 to 1944 during the Continuation War after which it was ceded to the Soviet Union. Today it is included in the Republic of Karelia, a constituent part of the Russian Federation.

Does this answer represent a cold war reading of age old European tribal and ethnic politics, I wonder?

When it comes down to it the Finns found themselves fighting on the side of the Axis, not because of any ideological agreement with the Nazis but because of an ongoing border dispute that had existed since Finland gained its independence from Russia - and in their historical accounts it is not called World War 2 but is written as three separate but related conflicts

The post was always about how we might perceive history through a national lens when it comes down to it.

James Stephenson - scored 12

Grantavius Kennarius - scored 14 and is the winner of the challenge

Homepaddock - scored 2 plus a bonus for attempting it

Couldn't really give PM a score but an interesting response never the less, that made some very salient points.

Fletch Mark Wahlberg Talks About His Catholic Faith



Good to see some celebrities not afraid to come out and talk about their faith.


Andrei Infamy

There are great tales of heroism at sea, of captains going down with their ship after ensuring all that could be done has been done.

But I guess this is not one of those stories: 'Get onboard, for f--k's sake!'

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Andrei The WW2 Historical perspective challenge

So - World War 2 was a while ago now. For my kids the Battles of El Alamein and Kursk might just as well be the Battle of Thermopylae. So it goes, things get forgotten as newer events take priority - my youngest studied the 1981 Springbok tour last year - like that's important when compared to El Alamein in Kiwi national consciousness. Kiwis fought and died at El Alamein - what's a minor civil disorder compared with that?

Got me thinking though - El Alamein is more on Kiwi's radar than Kursk despite Kursk being fought on a scale that dwarfed El Alamein. At Kursk German casualties alone well outnumbered the total number of men the Germans had on the field at El Alamein. They may have exceeded 500,000 according to some sources. Kursk was a super battle fought on a super scale.

But since there were probably no New Zealanders on the field at Kursk and a great many at El Alamein it is only natural as well as right and proper that the latter battle has a higher profile here

This quiz is about people who were major players in those years and events that were highly significant to the eventual outcome - but depending on where you come from they may be people and events you never even heard of. Some will be easy enough but not most.

Are you willing to take the challenge and learn something about perspective along the way. Who can get the highest score? Will it be that which has been covered in Hollywood movies that will predominate in what you know?

Andrei Headline of the day

Greece default fears grow

Actually this has been the headline of the day every day for the past nine months, Christmas day excepted.

It's not only Greece, below a two day old Romanian picture - though Romania's problems are not on our radar yet.

Monday, January 16, 2012

ZenTiger I am a man, so my opinion counts [UPDATED]

Lucia Maria did a post a few days ago (True Grown Ups...) that certainly upset an author called "John the other" on the blog/website of "A voice for men": Real Men are Disposable, so says Maria.

Only problem is, I think his interpretation of her post is a little off, and the subsequent extrapolations made by him and others on that thread about what they think she meant are way off the planet. And I'm not talking Earth or Mars. They could be right out by Pluto or coming out of Uranus. Lucia may be from Venus, but they think she's from Planet Man-eater! (I use "they" in the sense I lump most of the commenters in with John's post. Those comments though do not necessarily represent John's opinion. Just read the whole thread and take what you will from it.)

John starts off:
Lucia Maria recently explained in her January 13 article that grown-up men should quit trying to have human rights, and go back to dying for her convenience.
I don't know how John got that interpretation from what she wrote, but she is not making that argument at all. I use the evidence of around 1000 other posts she has done on this blog, and never noticed a single one on that nature. It's a ridiculous thing to say, I think. Do such people seriously think that mothers enjoy losing their husbands in war? Do they think Lucia would want to lose her sons? Generally, do parents, brothers and sisters think their brother/father/son is disposable? We can all imagine how the stereotyped femi-nazi might think of men, but it is dangerous to start extending this belief towards all women, as seemed to be the trend of comments back at the Voice for men site.

Andrei You know when things have gone truly off the rails

This should be considered an absurdity but in our litigious times it is par for the course I'm afraid: Dr Jeffrey John: senior Gay cleric plans legal action after bishop role snub

He's entitled to be a Bishop?

He's willing to inflict further damage on the Anglican Church to make his point?

It is darned hard to bring up our children in the Faith that was handed down to us and this sort of circus does not make it any easier.

Lucia Old newsreel on Poles finding refuge in Persia during WWII


An old newsreel on Poles finding refuge in Persia (now Iran) during WWII. Just one minor error that I noticed in what the commentator was saying - the Poles were not pushed out of the Soviet Union by the Nazis - they were released by the Soviets, as they had been prisoners in the Soviet Union right up until the Soviets were attacked by their ally, Nazi Germany. This then necessitated agreements with their new allies, whom they'd been formerly attacking and imprisoning. It seems during WWII, any mention of this embarrassing fact was omitted.

Anyway, I was quite excited to find this newsreel on YouTube. My Dad was one of those who made it to Persia as a 14 year old. Actually, he was probably a little younger, but saying he was 14 got him into the Cadets, which didn't make him old enough to fight in the war, but did mean he got vocational training as a welder.

For more about my father's family's story, see my experiences of motherhood and conservatism, where I explain how thinking about the way my grandmother died during WWII helped push me from liberalism to conservatism.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Andrei The long cold summer

Ele lives on a farm so the weather, rain or lack of thereof and so forth is a matter of deep concern to her.

Which is why she often does weather related posts - like this one, which prompted me to look up the current weather for Yakutsk and mighty nasty it was there at the time I did it.

Today it has improved

The weather in our four main centers compared with Yaktutsk at 1500 today. Here are the latest available figures for comparison.
So if it is not nice where you are over the next few days you can see how others elsewhere are faring with regard to their weather.

Andrei Disconnect

The accused's mother has said that he had been portrayed as a monster by the media and angry locals had abused her family.
Beating a sleeping five year old girl to a pulp and raping her in her own bed are the actions of a monster.

I think we all agree.

Source: Judge's words horrify victim's parents

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Lucia Amazing video of autistic girl able to communicate via computer


And here's Carly's Blog: Carly's Voice

Andrei In a world without YouTube

This is worse

The images of war took much longer to appear but appear they did.

Los desastres de la guerra - Francisco Goya

Andrei A very good picture

KG sent me this - he saw it on Powerline.

I think it may have originated here.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Lucia True Grown-ups and a little on male emasculation [UPDATE]

A few days ago Crusader Rabbit linked to two articles related to the website A Voice for Men titled Feminazi "journalist" gets her ass kicked. Big time.  One was an attack on the material contained on the site and the other was an attack on the female journalist who dared to attack the site.  They think the Voice for Men author is winning the argument with the female journalist, however it is early days as she has said that she will go through the assertions she's made in her opening article in more detail in the near future, and therefore there is not a lot of substance to what she's said.  Yet.  I'm sure it will come.

I've been thinking about the issues that were brought up by both articles over the last several days.  As there is a bit of a cross-over in the material that I've been reading and this subculture of men who feel disadvantaged and discriminated against by just being men, I thought I'd broaden the perspective a little.

In a 1903 illustration ironically titled "The Weaker Sex", a tiny, pleading man was examined, under glass, by four beauties who poked at him with a knitting needle.

As a result of my research over the last couple of days, I found that in the United States more than one hundred years ago, this idea of men being emasculated by women was being promoted in the media. There were many images published, such as the illustration above, of tiny men being toyed with by giant women.   It all changed again during the WWI era when women suddenly became images of liberty and nurturers again.  Men obviously don't go out to fight in wars because women are poking them with knitting needles, they go out to fight because they love us and their families and will do what it takes to protect us and what they value.

The symbolic meaning of the big female-little male characters in J. C. Leyendecker's "Weapons for Liberty" poster was doubled through costuming. In this allegorical scene, the crowned, flag-wrapped woman was Liberty, while the kneeling little boy protected Liberty through preparation. The smaller figure provided the action of the picture. What's more, dressed as a Boy Scout, he represented an organization that strove to protect future men from "feminizing" influences.
I found it very interesting on how the images of women during the pre-WWI era acted as propaganda, seeking to subtly influence the culture's view of women.  Considering that both men and women working together is what makes a strong culture, this cultivation of a war between the sexes seeking to show how one dominates the other from the past was most disturbing.

And so back to Voice for Men.  One of the articles I read there was Feminists: demented, stunned or cultists, whereby the author concludes that radical, feminist women consider that women are like children, and finishes off by stating that, "Women need to grow up" these women need to grow up*.  Which got me thinking about what it actually means to be a grown up, which was the original purpose of this post, until I got distracted with explaining the background.

My definition of a Grown Up

A grown up is a person who does not put their needs, wants and desires first. They are more interested in looking after those they are responsible for than looking after themselves, even to self-sacrifice. In short, they die to themselves so that others might live.

The young child is the very opposite of this. They need to be trained to think of others, encouraged to share and to feel empathy for those they might hurt. As they get older, they need to be taught that they are not always right, that when they do wrong, they need to apologise and take responsibility for their actions. And they need to see this way of being modelled by their parents.

It's a long, hard battle with every child, and sadly, many never make it to true adulthood, which is not really tested until that person becomes a parent. At that point, some will realise that their sole purpose in life is not just self-gratification. Expectations from society do play a part, but on the whole it comes down to character and what was taught by parents. If parents don't teach their children by word and example and don't know how to counter all the false messaging from society and the media, then it's hit and miss as to whether their children will ever grow up.

Getting to my final point - how do you tell if a person has really reached adulthood? Simple, my standard is that they know it's not all about them.  And from my reading of the Voice For Men website, that's not the position they appear take.

UPDATE ( 16 Jan 2012, 9:43am)
* This was a mistake.  I started off writing this post after thinking of the phrase, "Women need to grow up", as a concept.  It was put into the post very early on.  It took me a while to find the article that I thought it was from.  Writing this post, I altered it very drastically a number of times, trying to make it less attacking and more charitable, over a couple of days.  I do remember looking at the phrase, thinking about how to make it not look like a quote, but then I forgot when I posted it.  I'm going to leave the phrase in there using the strike out, just so it can be seen what people have been reacting to when criticising this post.

Andrei Bystander Apathy

The Herald is hand wringing: Attack highlights 'bystander apathy'

Meanwhile the BBC reports on the fate of a man who came to the aid of a train conductor: 'Big Man' charged over train eviction

21st century disconnect.

Lucia Hail in Summer

Just before 5pm today, while I was sitting at the computer writing one of the few posts appearing on this blog today, and trying to maintain a comfortable environment on my lap for the cat, it hailed outside. It's summer time here in New Zealand! Isn't it? Where did this hail come from? Any thing more like this could wreck my tomatoes, of which only one has ripened so far. Normally I have heaps of tomatoes by Christmas, but not this season.

Lucia Movie: The Way


“The Way” is the story of Tom (Sheen), a widower, sometime Catholic and a Malibu dentist, whose son, Daniel (Estevez), decides to leave his doctorate behind and see the world.

As Tom drives Daniel to the airport, he scolds him for not taking his place in the world. Daniel answers that he needs to find what that place is and gently suggests that his dad might do the same.

Not long after, Tom’s golf game is interrupted by a call with the news that Daniel has died in a small town in the French Pyrenees. Tom leaves immediately to bring his son’s body home. But once there, a kind police detective informs him that in this remote town his son was about to leave on a spiritual pilgrimage to the medieval shrine of Santiago de Compostela, where many believe the relics of St. James the Apostle are interred.

Tom has Daniel’s remains cremated and then decides that the two of them together will make this journey, which is also called pilgrimage, the way, or camino. People make this camino for different reasons but Tom has little idea of what he is in for or where he is going. He packs the tin with Daniel’s ashes in the rucksack the young man had prepared, and starts off.

On the first or second morning, after a terrible night’s sleep in a hostel, Tom drops the knapsack in a river and becomes thoroughly drenched fighting the current to retrieve it. It’s a cleansing, a rebirth, a humbling baptism for Tom as he begins his journey.

Along the way he collects three people, or characters, that hook their destiny to his: Joost (Yorick van Wageningen), a jovial Dutchman who travels with recreational pharmaceuticals and wants to lose weight so his wife won’t reject him; Sarah (Deborah Kara Unger), a Canadian who says she is on the camino to stop smoking; and Jack (James Nesbitt), a chatty Irish novelist who has lost his creative spark. Tom avoids them when he can but after he has a spectacular meltdown in public and Jack puts up his bail, they continue together.

It looks like an amazing movie, I hope it makes it to New Zealand. If it doesn't, I'll be buying it from Amazon.


Interview: On 'The Way' with Martin Sheen.
A highlight of this interview is that he talks about the part he played in Apocalypse Now was himself and how he's changed from that person.

ZenTiger Rotorua leaves a bad smell in the air

Vicious attack on pregnant women with "crowd of bystanders" able to take photos.

And a couple of people caught shoplifting, and they try to explain that there has been a misunderstanding, and are actually entitled to take the goods. The video goes viral.

Andrei Degrading people for our pleasure and amusement

A lot of outrage over tourists giving food to this woman and her fellow tribes people to dance for their cameras.

Yes - it is demeaning.

And yet such things go on all over the world. There is no country in the world where this doesn't occur in some form or another - and in many cases far more repulsive and degrading than this is.

And no one alive in the western world is innocent of participation in such things however vicariously - reality TV is not particularly decorous now is it?

Here is a tourist attraction in Amsterdam


And that is positively benign when compared to what might be produced in the San Fernando valley in the good old USA - be warned!

We are fallen creatures in a wicked world.

Andrei An idyllic Indonesian childhood

Kids scratching through the garbage looking for anything of value that they can use to obtain the essentials of daily life. We are not talking I-pads here, we are talking "their daily bread".

And yet the New Zealand Herald is more concerned about - Ethical shopping: Shop right and protect the orang-utans' forests

The reason why our most desperate poor are not anywhere near as desperate as these children is because the dynamic forefathers of this country cleared bush and drained swamps to create pasture for dairy cows thus creating the wealth that provides the education and opportunities that our children enjoy today.

Ethical shopping might include buying Indonesian Toilet paper thus providing Indonesia with a little hard currency to help improve the lot of the Indonesian poor?

What do you think?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Andrei 21st Century relationships in the wasteland

This is just so confusing - well not confusing, it's wrong!
Multiple trips to fertility doctors, three miscarriages and $60-$70,000 out of pocket, Tanya was left with little choice: if she was going to become a mother, she would need a free sperm donor.
But for the 39-year-old, the formal process of searching for a suitable candidate on the Free Sperm Donor Register turned into something far from expected - a blossoming new romance.
And, despite the relationship, Tanya is determined to be the only legal parent if she does eventually have a baby.
There was one important 21st century ritual to be undergone before they could proceed though.
They exchanged STD results before consummating the relationship.
Sounds so romantic.

Andrei How much time do we have left now the ruling elite have gone bonkers?


More Alice in Wonderland absurdity from the land of the free.
When the companies that supply motor fuel close the books on 2011, they will pay about $6.8 million in penalties to the Treasury because they failed to mix a special type of biofuel into their gasoline and diesel as required by law.

But there was none to be had. Outside a handful of laboratories and workshops, the ingredient, cellulosic biofuel, does not exist.
That's really really clever, pass a law that it is impossible to comply with then penalize the law breakers.

An idea worthy of the Red Queen herself.

ZenTiger Taking a bite of the Apple

The new CEO of Apple, Tim Cook is to receive a US$378M dollar pay packet. This consists largely of shares, but it's still ridiculously huge, and totally unwarranted, IMHO. Particularly when you hear the logic:

The compensation is warranted because investors expect Cook to continue releasing the kinds of products that made Apple the world’s most valuable technology company, said Kevin Dede, an analyst at Brigantine Advisors in New York.

Do you put down a $378M non-refundable deposit based on expectations that some-one is going to cook up new products? What happened to risk and reward? This really is over-the-top and unnecessary.

Almost makes me think all Apple employees need to get a million in stock each to ensure they work harder and smarter.

ZenTiger Long finned eels

Longfin eels breed only once, at the end of their life. When they are ready to breed, they leave New Zealand and swim 5000 kilometres up into the tropical Pacific to spawn, probably in deep ocean trenches somewhere near Tonga.

When they reach their destination, the females lay millions of eggs that are fertilised by the male. The larvae are called leptocephalus and look nothing like an eel - they are transparent, flat, and leaf-shaped. The larvae reach New Zealand by drifting on ocean currents [which can take 1 to 2 years].

Before entering fresh water, the leptocephalus change into a more familiar eel shape, although they remain transparent for up to a week after leaving the sea. These tiny "glass" eels enter fresh water between July and November each year, often in very large numbers.

Eels take many years to grow and it could be decades before an individual is ready to undertake the long migration back to the tropics to breed. The average age at which a longfin eel migrates is 23 years for a male and 34 for a female. The adults never return as they die after spawning.


Some may live to 80 years or so before trying to breed.

Longfin eels are fished commercially, and it's no wonder that over fishing is leading to their extinction. When they can only breed once, somewhere off Tonga, once every 30 years or so, it's not surprising to see that recovery of eel numbers would be difficult to achieve.

Reference: About the NZ Longfin Eel

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Andrei Bittersweet

Make sure you have some tissues handy

You can watch the video and then .....
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Andrei Let the mocking begin

Pope: Gay marriage a 'threat to humanity'
Pope Benedict says gay marriage is one of several threats to the traditional family that undermines "the future of humanity itself".

The pope made some of his strongest comments against gay marriage in a new year address to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican in which he touched on some economic and social issues facing the world today.

He told diplomats from nearly 180 countries that the education of children needed proper "settings" and that "pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman''.
Raw meat tossed to enlightened 21st century types who think that babies come from the cabbage patch or something. And from whence they may be distributed to "parents" who want them regardless of gender and/or sexual identity.

Still rather than discuss the issues raised by the Pope in an adult manner the easiest thing to do is to change the subject.
 
Update:  Thanks to a link provided by Zen in a comment I have read the Popes speech which talks of many substantive things.

It does not mention Gay Marriage at all!

In a section discussing education the Pope says
(Education) thus represents a task of primary importance in this difficult and demanding time. In addition to a clear goal, that of leading young people to a full knowledge of reality and thus of truth, education needs settings. Among these, pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman. This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself. The family unit is fundamental for the educational process and for the development both of individuals and States; hence there is a need for policies which promote the family and aid social cohesion and dialogue.
The fact that the Pope needs to clarify the genders involved in marriage is a sign of the times. Until the turn of the 21st century, a mere 11 years ago now when discussing a marriage it would have been assumed that it was of a man and a woman and not something that needed to be stated explicitly.

ZenTiger Bones in the paddock

Homepaddock reports on a dinosaur find in Auckland. I don't recall seeing a satire tag, so it could be true: Paleontologists flock to study dinosaurs.

Andrei Greenism a symptom of the intellectual decline of the west

People have got to eat.

To eat they either have to grow food or do something useful which they can exchange for food.

Squid is good food so some people go and catch squid and exchange it for the things they need to survive and prosper in this sorry world.

Some people think catching squid is bad because it impacts on the sealions or something and therefore the Government shouldn't let people catch squid.

The people who think other people shouldn't catch squid are very often people who are prospering, they are often employed in secure jobs and paid from taxes extracted from the people who do useful things, things like catching squid funnily enough. Squid that can be consumed in fancy eateries where University lecturers can dine upon dishes like calamari green salad and seafood chowder while lamenting with their colleagues how "greedy humans" are raping the planet. And killing the sea lions and polar bears in order to "line their pockets".

Really of course the people catch squid do it so they do not end up with swollen bellyed malnourished children - a common enough sight in parts of the world where people do not catch enough squid.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Lucia Victory!!!

Google have rolled back their changes automatically changing blogspot URLs from .com to .co.nz to all New Zealand users of Blogger.

Did our posts here and on the Blogger support forum and the Alexa support forum have any effect? Maybe.

In the meantime, I will claim, Victory!

For more information, see Google have stuffed up New Zealand Blogger and Has Blogger changed our Domain Name?

ZenTiger Google have stuffed up NZ Blogger domains (Update 2)

This morning, without any obvious warning, Google decided to implement new region based domain names for all NZ and Australian Blogger accounts. Our post: Has Blogger Changed Our Domain Name?

So our assigned URL went from nzconservative.blogspot.com to nzconservative.co.nz for people accessing the .com address in NZ.

However, if you live in Australia, you'd instead see nzconservative.com.au.

If you happened to be in the USA and accessed our blog directly, it would presumably resolve to the .com address, but one commenter from Texas has noted that by going via a link on an Australian blog, they also get the .com.au address. This change has also affected other NZ blogs such as Contra Celsum, No Minister, Liberty Scott, Oswald Bastable's Ranting and so on.

In general terms, this should have no direct impact to our blog. Sure, it makes it easier for the government to apply filters to shut down our blog in NZ, but to complain about that here might get our blog shut down, so I'll save it to another post.

Google, in a document provided by the Blogger Support, assure us there is really no big deal, but they don't cover all options. Perhaps they felt that the Australian and NZ market is small enough to act as guinea pigs, and they'll smile and wave and assure us things are good and work out how to fix it for the rest of the world. We'll see. In the meantime, there are some immediate consequences in the area of blog rankings.

UPDATE 8:30PM:
Blogger have just rolled back the changes. Fantastic.

This will give us more time to assess our options.

Andrei looked at the site counter statistics and it looks like the Google ones might be OK, as they go off a different time zone starting point. So I've removed that part of the discussion.

The Alexa counter though will not cope with these (eventual?) Blogger changes. The nzconservative.blogspot.co.nz is not recognised AT ALL as a valid website, because Alexa doesn't currently treat the blog names specified as a sub domain as a distinct blog address. They've done this specifically for the sub domains under blogger.com and I don't know how or when they will account for the blogspot.co.nz sub domains, but I'll presume that if blogger provide better advance notice, other parties will be able to test and alter their tools to accommodate the new approach.

I'm still considering registering a separate domain and pointing all traffic to the new domain. Only problem is that Google may simply be slightly ahead of the curve and we can expect regional domains to fall under the new controls the governments of the world seem to be very keen to impose. In that regard, Google providing a way of keeping the pages up in countries outside of the one requesting the block may be a good move. I look forward to more conversation on this topic.

UPDATE 2 AT 8:51PM:
I just tested nzconservative.blogspot.co.nz and it still works, the only difference being it only takes me there if I explicitly type that address. If I use my old bookmarks, I am not redirected to the .co.nz. I don't know if this is a leftover from the change this morning, or it always worked that way. Interesting.

Andrei More from the cultural desert of academia

A sociologist in England has come up with this
(M)onogamy has ostracised men from doing what they most want to do.

He writes in his new book The Monogamy Gap: Men, Love, and the Reality of Cheating, that cheating is the norm, not the exception to it, and it’s high time that people start embracing ‘sexually open relationships that coexist without hierarchy or hegemony.’
He's done a study
In the study, Mr Anderson surveyed 120 undergraduate men – both gay and straight. He found that 78 per cent of those with partners cheated, ‘even though they said that they loved and intended to stay with their partner.’
In this world there are lots of things I'd like to do - it doesn't make them right.

And if everybody did what they wanted to do whenever they wanted to do it - well our civil society wouldn't last very long, now would it?(1)

People who do what they like regardless of the effect on other people are called er what's the word?

Psychopaths, that's it, psychopaths.

Source: Why men will ALWAYS cheat (even if they love their partners and don't want to leave them)
 
(1) There is a profound reason why adultery is a serious business and one of the ten commandments is a proscription on doing it.

It's all about paternity and ensuring the father of a child takes responsibility for it and doesn't hand it on to someone else.

Mind you our enlightened moderns think sex is entirely about making your genitals feel good anyway you choose and reproduction of the species is for other people to do.

Except for some idolent rich who fancy a child are more than happy to pay somebody else to carry it for them.

Andrei But, but it is his own private business surely

Husband admits having two wives.

I know why this is wrong and why it is an offense under New Zealand statutes, and English and American ones for that matter.

But what harm does it do for this man to marry another woman without divorcing his first wife?

Nobody is hurt are they?

It is his own private affair and nobody's business but his own?

Surely in this modern day and age it is archaic to restrict a man to one wife at a time regardless of whether they all cohabit or not?

He wouldn't have committed an offense if he had just shacked up with wife one despite having two children with her now would have he.

So what does that piece of paper really mean?

ZenTiger Has Blogger (Google) changed our domain name?

I am alarmed to see our assigned NZ conservative domain name changed from a dot com (xxx.blogspot.com) address to a dot co dot nz xxx.blogspot.co.nz) address.

At this stage, it seems to me that Google have arbitrarily changed our assigned domain name without any form of notification or warning. Even though there is a redirect on, I'm not sure if it is also the cause of several issues I've experienced with some browser utilities and have yet to see the impact on our Stat Counter tools. A quick look and it seems Alexa has picked up the change, with our page rank going from 322,000 or so to 16 million, supposedly as it is detecting a new blog.

Has anyone else noticed their NZ blogger domains changing?

Update: A "planned" event to make it easier to allow different countries to prevent blog sites from publishing content in their country. Read the details here: Why does my blog redirect to a country specific URL?

If you want to preserve your blog address you need to add a "no country redirect" (/ncr) following the blog address, thus: nzconservative.blogspot.com/ncr where ever you create links or leave your blog URL. Not sure of the advantages this would provide, unless your country decides to block the country specific blog sites. Update: According to Google: "Blog owners should not see any visible differences to their blog other than the URL redirecting to a ccTLD. URLs of custom domains will be unaffected."

Hah! Not so, it looks like it's going to play havoc with our (Alexa) site rankings. I'll do a post to explain how later.

Update: Google have rolled back the changes. More here: The post I said I'd do later.

ZenTiger Marriage Rates falling in the USA

I've said before that marriage is something only Christians and Gays are interested in, and the latest statistics seem to prove it. Marriage protects families, but the notion of even the nuclear family is suffering a meltdown. One comment on marriage from a woman, who I'm guessing doesn't yet have children:

"Women don't necessarily need a husband to make ends meet or to raise children. They can do a lot of these things on their own.

And apparently if you commit your time to someone, and start a family, you can walk out without any downsides as compared to the pain of divorce on the lives of the children:

"Seth comes from a family of divorce and has seen how it's affected his life and his family.

"He says he couldn't imagine even thinking about marriage until we had been together for 10 years and I said as long as we are happy together we will stay together," says Miss Romaine.


Yes Seth, you've been the child in a family of a divorce and you think breaking the marriage committment by getting a divorce is the thing that caused the pain, as opposed to, what, having some weird kind of expectation you can walk out on your family if you don't happen to feel happy?

Crazy.

Link: Marriage Rates falling in the USA

ZenTiger Christians murdered in Nigeria

Nigeria: The number of Christians killed in an Islamic extremist attack here on Thursday (Jan. 5) has risen to nine (15 wounded including children), and over the weekend the same terrorist group killed at least 21 Christians in neighboring Adamawa state, sources said.

Members of the Boko Haram group that seeks to impose sharia (Islamic law) on Nigeria emerged from a mosque near the Deeper Life Bible Church in the Boso area of Gombe, capital of Gombe state, at about 7:30 p.m. and shot Christians attending a weekly meeting known as “The Hour of Revival,” area sources said.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Lucia Dave Armstrong uses the word "breeders"

I was disgusted to see that in today's Dominion Post opinion item, Dave Armstrong used the word "breeders" when referring to parents of children. As I have said before, this is an offensive term with negative connotation, equating the procreation of human beings to that of animals. This word should not be used in polite company, and should certainly not be used by a reputable newspaper.

Here is what Armstrong said in What's in a Kiwi name? A lack of imagination:
I think the latest names show a distinct lack of imagination on the part of our breeders.
Thus linking back to his title and the point of his article.

Recently I also discovered that "breeders" is homosexual slang for parents. Just like the word "poofter" is derogatory towards homosexuals, so is "breeders" derogatory towards heteroseuxals. Here is the definition of "breeder" from the Urban Dictionary:
1: slang term used by some childfree people for one who has a child and/or has many after that, refuses to discipline the child/ren, thinks the sun rises and sets for their child/ren, look down upon people who do not have children, and are in general very selfish and greedy when it comes to their whims and those of their child/ren, especially if they can use their parenthood status or their children as an excuse to get their way. A female breeder is commonly called a moo, and a male breeder a duh.
2: slang term used by people of homosexual persuasion to refer to heterosexual couples, who have a significantly higher risk of contributing to the population increase than the homosexuals do.
"Can you believe the nerve of those breeders? They come in to a nice restaurant and proceed to sit by and watch while their progeny shriek and run all over the place, and then let the children make a huge mess and do not even tip the waitstaff. Disgusting..."

I have left the following message in the comments for the article. I wonder if the moderator will let it through?
The word "breeders" is a derogatory term typically used by homosexuals towards heterosexual parents. It implies that parents are animals. I am surprised and disgusted that there is now an attempt to mainstream this word through the paper.

There will be those who think this post is an extreme reaction to a seemingly minor word. However, if you see my previous post on this subject, you'll see the words people use affect how they think about certain things. Just as in Sweden the word that was used for housewife changed the Swedes view of women who stayed home to look after their families from something that was considered a positive and honourable thing to do to something that was not so positive - just by changing one itty bitty word!

If it becomes common practice to refer to parents as "breeders", then the idea of becoming parents will be considered to be something that is less than desirable. I mean, who wants to be a "breeder"? That's what you do with rabbits or dogs, not human beings. And therefore in a world in which it is already difficult to raise children successfully, those who are more likely to be able to do so well will be less inclined than they are now. Leaving our future more and more in the hands of the feral underclass who use their children as meal tickets and don't care what any one thinks of them.

Related link: Why are baby names so boring (renamed from What's in a Kiwi name? A lack of imagination

Previous blog post on the word "breeders": Human Breeders