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Rotorua Lakes District Council now has no less than SEVEN deputy chief executives.

Too many chiefs and not enough Maoris

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June 20, 2021 at 2:46 pm

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All work and no play makes Lori a dull girl

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Chicago’s Mayor needs a ‘Shining’ ability if she is to communicate her wants and needs to her staff effectively rather than how she’s doing it now with verbal and written communication.

‘Shining’ comes from the famous 1980 horror movie, The Shining, and is the term used by one of the characters to describe psychic abilities that enable mental telepathy between such ‘gifted’ souls.

The alternative is that Mayor Lori Lightfoot (MLL) will have to continue writing emails to her staff like this one recently discovered via FOIA request.

And you thought New Zealand had it bad with the mayors of Auckland and Wellington.

I won’t go so far as to say that Lightfoot is as crazy as a shit-house rat, and I can understand the incredible pressures she’s been under during the last year of Covid lockdowns and Burn Loot Murder/Antifa riots.

But this is not how you communicate with your staff and since she was a law partner you would think that she’d have learned that you don’t do this unless you want to have most of your staff quit and ultimately be fired because your team is not performing. It’s not surprising that her staff turnover has been huge. How she didn’t learn this in the private sector is perhaps more a reflection of the idiosyncratic aspect of law firms and partners.

But she also had many different types of jobs to pay for her university education, including working as an assistant for halls of resident and even as a cook for the school’s football team. She held factory jobs at home during summers to help pay for her education. This background was one of the reasons I had some hope for her as Mayor of Chicago, as well as the fact that she defeated the Daley-machine part of the Chicago Democrat Party so perhaps would not be beholden to those special interests.

Instead we have a fail on all counts.

The whole “Shining” thing arises because people made connections between Lightfoot’s email and this famous scene from the movie.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 19, 2021 at 4:03 pm

“Even North Korea is not this nuts”

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That’s not from this Babylon Bee tweet, despite it being another of their wonderful pieces of satire.

Now you may be thinking that photoshopping North Korea’s Kim Jong Un into a modern American university lecture theatre is over-the-top, even for a satirical story.

But that would be before you read this article about a North Korean defector named Yeonmi Park, who has recently graduated from Columbia University.

Park is one of the more famous defectors, having written a 2015 memoir called “In Order to Live”, in which she chronicled her life in the repressive regime of North Korea and her eventual escape with her mother. At the age of 13 she saw people die of starvation right in front of her. When she and her mother managed to get across the border into China they were captured by human slavers. Having been freed by Christian missionaries she still ended up having to walk across the Gobi desert before she got to South Korea.

Then she moved to the USA and went to one of the great Ivy League universities.

“I expected that I was paying this fortune, all this time and energy, to learn how to think. But they are forcing you to think the way they want you to think,” she said. “I realized, wow, this is insane. I thought America was different but I saw so many similarities to what I saw in North Korea that I started worrying.”

Her money quote:

“Even North Korea is not this nuts. North Korea was pretty crazy, but not this crazy.”

When you read the details she supplies about her education you can understand why she came to this conclusion.

Like in North Korea, Park said she witnessed example after example of anti-Western sentiment and guilt-tripping. During her orientation, for instance, a staff member scolded her for liking classic literature, such as the writings of Jane Austen.

“I said ‘I love those books.’ I thought it was a good thing,” Park said of her orientation. “Then she said, ‘Did you know those writers had a colonial mindset? They were racists and bigots and are subconsciously brainwashing you.’”

Heh. I encountered a number of feminists in the 1980’s with a very low opinion of Jane Austen, because she did not fit their conceptions of what a feminist was. To say the least their opinions of the woman were primitive and reductive, but by the late 1990’s things had turned around, with increased celebration of Ms Austen’s feminist traits.

Just in time to now be a “colonialist” and a racist.

Yeonmi Park

Her professors gave students “trigger warnings,” sharing the wording from readings in advance so people could opt out of reading or even sitting in class during discussions, Park told The Post.

“Going to Columbia, the first thing I learned was ‘safe space,’” she said.

“Every problem, they explained us, is because of white men.” Some of the discussions of white privilege reminded her of the caste system in her native country, where people were categorized based on their ancestors, she said.

The similarities with North Korea mounted up, but at least the North Koreans had some rationale in defending their system, which they did partly by hating on Americans. As Ms Park points out there seem to be rather a lot of Americans who also hate America.

When it came to gender pronouns and manipulation of the English language, Park was even more confused.

“English is my third language. I learned it as an adult. I sometimes still say ‘he’ or ‘she’ by mistake and now they are going to ask me to call them ‘they’? How the heck do I incorporate that into my sentences?” she remembered asking herself. “It was chaos. It felt like the regression in civilization.”

It is a regression in civilisation. And it comes from being in a “safe space”.

“Because I have seen oppression, I know what it looks like,” she said. “These kids keep saying how they’re oppressed, how much injustice they’ve experienced. They don’t know how hard it is to be free.”

The paradox of supposedly being taught about “oppression”, “injustice” and being “free” is that it’s producing graduates who actually don’t know anything about them.

Park said as a child she had thought dictator Kim Jong Un was “starving” and overworked until she was in South Korea and was shown pictures that showed how large he was in pictures compared to other people who looked thin and hungry.

“That’s what it does when you’re brainwashed …. Oh my God, why did I not notice that he was fat?’ Because I never learned how to think critically. That is what is happening in America, people see things but they’ve just completely lost the ability to think critically.”

More paradox, this time courtesy of “Critical Theory”. Or perhaps irony is a better term?

“You guys have lost common sense to a degree that I as a North Korean cannot even comprehend,” she said. “Where are we going from here? There’s no rule of law, no morality, nothing is good or bad anymore, it’s complete chaos. I guess that’s what they want, to destroy every single thing and rebuild into a Communist paradise.”

I don’t agree with that last, although I can see why she would think that. The fact is that outside of a tiny fringe of real Marxists there are few who believe in that, mainly because there are so many grifting, money hungry Leftists tearing things up just to make a buck for themselves:

But that doesn’t mean they can’t cause an awful lot of damage to American society as they claw in the money while forcing everybody else to bend to their whims.

Eventually, Park stopped arguing with her professors and “learned how to just shut up” so that she could graduate.

“I literally crossed the Gobi Desert to be free and I realized I’m not free, America’s not free.

Well she did still graduate, and she got to talk to reporters about this – but only once she escaped from the university, and to paraphrase Andrew Sullivan, once we all live on campus…

Eat your meat like you mean it

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One of the most memorable meals I ever had was at a steak restaurant in Chicago in the lead up to the Millennial Celebrations in 2000.

We’d recently shifted to NZ but were back to show our babies to the grandparents, so I got the night off and headed downtown to meet up with two IT consultants I’d worked with.

A very large waiter who looked rather like a steak himself, complete with Marine bootcamp haircut, arrived at our table with a large metal platter on his shoulder, upon which lay samples of the steaks we could choose that night. He explained each one. In detail.

Then we feasted, but I have to say that as much as I enjoyed that steak, as much as I’ve ever enjoyed any steak, I’ll never enjoy one as much as this little guy does.

Of course there are other types of eating as well, and the kitty clip put me in mind of this great, but under appreciated band, who cover the bases both on band name and song title.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 11, 2021 at 10:21 am

Posted in Art, Humour

Kiwis have been intercepted while raining down.

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At some stage the fading New York Times may like to explain what the story was behind the following story, which has now been retracted.

I can only assume that it was simply a test article for some new journalist to practice on, but clearly they pushed the wrong button and it ended up on the NYT website.

Naturally it was pulled fairly quickly but not before the smartasses of the Interweb got a screenshot of it, and of course it never got close to the dead tree version because that side of the business still has some checks and balances, even if sub-editors are now thin on the ground in an effort to contain costs.

That last is wrong of course; this would be a fantastic story were it true. I am reminded of many aspects of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy but the following is probably the most accurate here:

Arthur Dent: What happens if I press this button?

Ford Prefect: I wouldn’t do…

Arthur Dent: Oh!

Ford Prefect: What happened?

Arthur Dent: A sign lit up, saying ‘Please do not press this button again.”

Perhaps the NYT should think of installing that last feature for all their journalists.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 10, 2021 at 9:06 am

Posted in Humour, MSM, USA

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Stunning and Brave

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Apparently it’s Pride Month, our annual opportunity to subtly change what rainbows have meant for thousands of years.

I jest, but in the wake of the last four decades of progress made by the gay community in Western nations the Pride parades have become a bit redundant. There would be few gays, even teenagers, who still live in the closet and need an annual dose of public virtue signalling to tell them they can be proud of who they are. It’s very 70’s.

Certainly the gays I’ve known since the 1980’s regard it now with eye rolling sighs, but then they’re all moderate Right Wingers who just aren’t impressed any longer by their more flamboyant, “look-at-me, look-at-me” associates who are just gagging to perform Josephine Baker’s Danse banane in public.

Also the movement itself has started to split with the latest cutting edge developments around the trans movement and the outrage over why homosexual men won’t date men with vaginas and lesbians refusing to bed women with penises. The Auckland Pride parade hit the skids in 2018 “because of all those racist, homophobic, transphobic, and violent experiences with the police.

In fact the gay lifestyle is pretty much in your face on an everyday basis in the media, entertainment, and business, with the corporates eager to flaunt their “conscience” in advertising. There’s just one problem, as noted by Intersectionalist Poet, Titania McGrath:

Or this clearer comparison

Actually the “Rainbow” community may be filled with a degree of envy of the way many of those nations enforce their morality, judging by the way things are moving in the West.

Luckily there will always be Nazis to punch.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 9, 2021 at 12:23 pm

Alignment Charts: it’s a meme

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The Interwebby thing has lots of awful stuff, lots of stupid stuff, and lots of very cool stuff.

And it also has lots of fun stuff, as with Alignment Charts, which play with the notion of how two factors can be combined to categorise different things and how this also describes or maps onto degrees of some third factor.

So you could look at food and talk about the two factors of structure and ingredients, with the third factor arising from their combination being “purity”, with that measure running from “Purist” to “Rebel”.

But bugger explaining it further. Just enjoy these three, though there are lots more such charts

… some of them pretty bloody obscure, although the Lawful -> Neutral -> Chaotic combined with Good -> Neutral -> Evil chart is common.

I have to admit I love the chart for the characters of the American sitcom The Big Bang Theory, mainly because of this line uttered by microbiologist Bernadette Rostenkowski as part of running joke about her lab work.

“It’s not like you crossed Ebola with the Common Cold and then swore never to tell anyone.”

Written by Tom Hunter

June 8, 2021 at 11:42 am

Posted in Humour, Technology

Got ya daily dose of batshit insanity right here

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This is actually a good follow up to the previous post about modern university education in the USA and in general.

Yale University is one of the famous Ivy League colleges in the USA, which actually started the term in relation to their sports teams but gradually extended it to everything else about themselves, as Wiki explains:

The term Ivy League is typically used beyond the sports context to refer to the eight schools as a group of elite colleges with connotations of academic excellenceselectivity in admissions, and social elitism.

Despite it’s centuries old success, famous graduates and incredible wealth (their 2019 endowments totaled $30.3 billion) Yale has been taking quite a few hits in recent years.

A recent event won’t help. A psychiatrist named Dr. Aruna Khilanani, lecturing at Yale’s Child Study Center, was invited by the university to give a guest lecture and she jumped at the chance with:

‘The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind’.

Yeah Baby!

Click on the link to the substack article, which in turn has an upload of the audio recording. It’s a doozy. Here’s just some sample quotes:

  • This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil. (Time stamp: 6:45)
  • I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a fucking favor. (Time stamp: 7:17)
  • We are now in a psychological predicament, because white people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath. We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain’t gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It’s like banging your head against a brick wall. It’s just like sort of not a good idea. (Time stamp 17:13)

Rather than lambasting this fucked up woman as a bigot and a racist I think we should just conclude that she simply should not have anything to do with psychiatry and should be moved into another field. Caring for pet gerbils perhaps, although I’d fear for the lives of the albino ones.

Got the bastards! Now where’s that revolver?

But with a mind and a worldview like that, the universities that gave her a degree – apparently Cornell and NYU – should be fucking investigated to find out what the hell is going on inside them. At a minimum her employer should be made aware of all this, but they probably already know all about her since people like this lack self-awareness and discretion and lose control of themselves: I’d bet good money that she just cannot keep her mouth shut at work.

Dr. Khilanani is also obviously in desperate need of treatment from her own profession, but perhaps that would be a mistake. I have a cousin with a PhD in psychiatry who lectured at university on the subject some years ago. Long retired he is now and – as one other cousin recently remarked – “As crazy as a a shit house rat”, so perhaps it just comes with the territory?

Written by Tom Hunter

June 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm

Free University

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It’s what I got in the 1980’s, although I still ended up with $10k in debt thanks to a couple of trips to Aussie with mates in my last year, plus my second degree pushing six months past the five year limit of the “Bursary” payments, which were always geared around a then-standard three year Bachelors and two year Masters degree.

Part of my reason for going back to get a second degree was that I could see the writing on the wall after 1984. With subsidies being stripped from farmers, the end of subsidy-like protections such as import licenses, de-regulation, privatisation and an overall push towards “user-pays”, it was obvious that university education was going to get the treatment at some stage. With two years of payments left in the bag I figured I might as well take advantage of it.

Every system has its own problems of course, and the user-pays system of university education, backed by student loans from sugar daddy government, has ones that are neatly eviscerated here by none other than Lefty TV comedian/host Bill Mahar.

While he’s talking about the USA it’s obvious that many of these apply to New Zealand:

The excessive cost of a university degree, thanks in part to ridiculous amenities (see the video). He doesn’t mention the massive growth in university administration but it’s a huge factor as well.

The uselessness of many degrees and the sheer lack of learning.

“A third of students now spend less than five hours a week studying and when they do it’s for their onerous Magnum Cum bullshit Sports Marketing, History Through Twitter, Advanced Racist Spotting, Intro To Micro-Agressions and You Owe Me An Apology 101”

“Why is China kicking our ass. Because in 2019 we issued more undergrad degrees in visual and performing arts than in computer and information science and math”.

The “inflation” of grade marking, with “A’s” being awarded for 45% of students versus 15% in 1960. As he observes, students have not got that much smarter. I don’t know whether this is a problem in NZ or not. As usual with our nation it’s probably not something we even have the stats for.

The “inflation” of job requirements, such that a Bachelor’s degree increasingly amounts to what a High School Diploma used to. And the pressure to “get qualified” to move up the job ladder for a job you already understand.

All of this has caused the cost of attending an American university to double every nine years for several decades now, four times the rate of inflation.

Which brings Mahar to addressing the point that “Free University” means that people without a degree get to pay for other people to get a Bachelor’s degree and then see them make 65% more lifetime income (Masters is more like a 100%), plus suffering half the unemployment rate.

I don’t know how much school I’m going to attend… but I do want the experience of like, game day and partying – Olivia Jade.

She certainly does look like a party girl!

Olivia is a “Social Media Celebrity and YouTuber”, and her mother Lori Loughlin went to jail briefly as one of a number of people caught in Operation Varsity Blues, where wealthy parents had been bribing university officials to get their little dimbulb darlings onto the first rung of the lifetime money ladder.

Maher’s comment on that is succinct:

“Yeah. I’m not fucking paying for that.”

Written by Tom Hunter

June 7, 2021 at 9:22 am

Fire and Brimstone

Today I heard an amusing anecdote about a Catholic parish in Melbourne.

The time was somewhere in the early sixties and the parish encompassed a large swathe of the country which supported and contributed players to the Collingwood Football Club. (Readers should clue themselves up to the nexus between Collingwood FC, gambling and the Catholic Church by going here .)

One day a feisty old priest delivered a sermon on the virtues of giving to the church.

“I’ve noticed over the last few weeks that Sunday collections are down. Remarkably, during the same period, Collingwood has not had a win. Parishioners are reminded gambling is a sin.

If you must gamble, gamble on God, not on Collingwood.”

Adolf could have written that sermon himself!

My informant was ten years old at the time and has never forgotten the moment .

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June 6, 2021 at 9:32 pm

Posted in Australia, Humour, Religion