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Double Standards & Changing Narratives

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Just another in an endless list of examples of how the narratives change depending on who is in power and what objectives they’re pursuing.

The focus here being on Australia, which continues its descent into Stasi-world.

Let’s start with stuff in New South Wales, whose State government I have been assured is a “Liberal” one with more of a “hands-off” policy than all those nasty socialists…

… followed by the real McCoy in Socialist Victoria.

Plus a bit of phone app tracking of you in South Australia where you get 15 minutes to prove to the government that you are where you say you are.

Culminating in scenes like this – because even after two burly cops have smashed a 70 year old woman to the ground and broken her hip you still need to pepper spray the fuck out of her. Just to be safe. She might have Covid-19.

It’s entirely predictable where the MSM will sit on this issue. As this compare and contrast does of the Guardian’s approach to two similar events with different bad guys.

Flashback: how “Public Health advocates” felt about protests during lockdowns in 2020 America (same here in NZ incidentally)

Thus, you can guarantee which photo the likes of The Guardian would support below.

It’s almost time to start playing that game Papers Please to get into shape for the questions.

Having had numerous people in the US talking about denying healthcare to unvaccinated folk, don’t be surprised if it also becomes more than talk.

Finally, a timetable for comparison. Readers can pick where New Zealand sits on this chart – and where we’re headed over time.

The world designed by Monty Python

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While I don’t take a lot of notice of what’s happening in New Zealand there are some stories that are just so great they spread like wildfire – even as far as my rellies in Chicago, who wet themselves laughing at what our “gangs” get up to.

And thus:

Two people have been arrested after allegedly trying to cross the border into Auckland with $100,000 in cash and a “boot full” of KFC.

If I had told anyone a few years ago that at some point in the near future the New Zealand police would be chasing gang cars full of illegally transported Kentucky Fried Chicken around country roads you’d have just laughed and said it’s a great plot line for Hot Fuzz II.

Yeah, there was a $100k in cash as well and I’d bet that the Bros were bringing that up from their Waikato drug deals when their cuzzies told them that they might as well fill up on KFC as well.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 21, 2021 at 10:02 am

When the illusion shatters

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A couple of years ago I decided to visit Melbourne since I had old NZ friends living there and I had never been to the place.

I’d heard all the jokes about The People’s Republic of Melbourne and so forth, and certainly my Lefty friends have loved living there since they fit in so well, with their tiny houses just 10 minutes tram ride from the Queen Victoria Market.

A week exploring the downtown area showed me what else they liked about it, especially all the hundreds of wonderful little shops crammed into the old, narrow alleyways, the so-called Laneways.

A guided tour of the area informed me that these were quite recent, the result of a deliberate government effort to entice people into these places that just three decades ago had been the empty, wind-blown, rat-infested dumps they are in other cities.

I liked the city far more than Sydney, which I’ve visited many times, even if the waterfront is not as spectacular and the winters harsher.

But given what’s been going on there and in the surrounding state of Victoria in response to the dreaded Covid, I doubt I’ll be going back anytime soon. The lockdowns and restrictions on civil liberties have been at East German levels, have lasted for months, and have not stopped the disease running its course. It also appears the locals may finally have had enough of the government they elected, including the local Stasi. There have been protests before but the Stasi had managed to keep them contained.

The comments from the sidelines are priceless. More here at this link. BTW, the 70 year old woman who got shoved over by the cops has a broken hip and concussion. The real criminals of Melbourne must be loving this as they find more and more people everyday who will despise the cops as much as they do.

From the comments:

Dan Andrew tricked us, we kept our end of the deal 70 percent double vaxxed and where are we now, same place we were 2 years ago, except we have 400x fold of daily cases, martial law, house arrest, and a tier of society excluded indefinitely, this is not what we signed up for.

Oh bullshit. This is exactly what you signed up for. You voted in a nasty little control freak Lefty, and you were happy to have a “right-wing” opposition that’s little different, as NSW shows.

UPDATE:

Wow, the head of the CFME Union (Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy) got absolutely bolloxed today by his own members, this one over a vaccine mandate it seems.

“I’ve done jail for this union. I’ve stood on picket lines for this union,… We have tried to keep CFMEU working since April last year… I did not mandate vaccinations.”

The didn’t care and he ends up getting forced back inside the CFME building.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 20, 2021 at 1:06 pm

Kudos to New York City

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Almost every large city in the USA that is controlled by the Democrat party is a disaster area in terms of economics, crime and just about every other factor you can think of.

So it’s nice to see one part of one of these cities that actually works.

The NYPD’s Counter Terrorism Unit.

It may come as a surprise to people that such a thing would exist down at a city level (or municipal level as the American’s would have it), but when you consider that some 50,000 people work for the NYPD you’re talking about a place as large as some small European nations, and certainly much larger than NZ.

The article is a fascinating look into the history of the unit, which of course was set up in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Why the city did not want to just rely on the Federal agencies like the FBI is a story in itself and the one problem I have with this article is that it does not explain.

But another article from January 2003 in the magazine New York, does, with the direct question, why not just rely on the Feds?:

When I ask Kelly this question, he looks at me long and hard. He is a man who knows his way around Washington. In addition to his time in the mid-nineties as undersecretary of the Treasury, he was head of the Customs Service. He also worked for Interpol and was a special State Department envoy in Haiti where he was sent to establish and train a police force.

“I knew we couldn’t rely on the federal government,” Kelly says finally. “I know it from my own experience. We’re doing all the things we’re doing because the federal government isn’t doing them. It’s not enough to say it’s their job if the job isn’t being done. Since 9/11, the federal government hasn’t taken any additional resources and put them here.”

Given the supposed focus on terrorism by the Federal government after 9/11 you would have thought it was a given that they’d be throwing resources into a city that had, as Kelly says, been attacked four times, twice successfully, and remains the most symbolic, substantive target for the terrorists.

That article was written when the unit was in its infancy. The first article, from the superb City Journal magazine, catches the status quo, and it’s impressive:

The New York Police Department has foiled some 51 terrorist plots against the city since 9/11, at least 16 of them serious—more than those aimed at all other American cities combined. “Looking back, it really worked,” said former police commissioner Ray Kelly, credited with having spearheaded what is widely regarded as the gold standard of urban counterterrorism programs.

To be fair to the Federal government the unit was not entirely home grown:

Much to the chagrin of some of the NYPD’s rank and file, Kelly’s top two counterterrorism deputies came from Washington. To lead the NYPD’s expanded Intelligence Division, he chose David Cohen, a former deputy director of the CIA’s operations wing who had helped create the agency’s Alec Station in 1996, which focused on Osama bin Laden before most Americans knew his name. Kelly also recruited Michael Sheehan, former State Department head of counterterrorism, to run the department’s new Counterterrorism Bureau.

They put a 1000 people into the unit, conducted a massive effort to computerise the rest of the NYPD, set up sections that gathered intelligence on every part of the city’s communities, conducted active work with businesses in the city, and even stationed agents in places as far afield as London (working with New Scotland Yard), Lyons at Interpol HQ, Hamburg, Tel Aviv, and Toronto. There are also two cops on assignment at FBI headquarters in Washington, and New York detectives have traveled abroad to conduct interrogations in Afghanistan and parts of the Middle East.

Cohen had quickly hired two dozen civilian intelligence analysts, most with master’s degrees and Ph.D.s from top universities. There were so many pedigreed analysts that Kelly began calling the division a “Council on Foreign Relations with guns.” Its mission, however, proved deadly serious, as it played a role in detecting and foiling plot after plot.

All this from a city police department. Not surprisingly there has been some friction with the FBI at times, but it seems to be working.

One thing that struck me was how many combat-experienced military people led this effort and the tough professionalism of them and the senior cops. It feels like quite a contrast to the group currently in the Pentagon and a number of very poor Police Commissioners around the US at the moment.

Read both articles.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 16, 2021 at 11:46 am

The Peasants Are Revolting

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Given the Stasi language of the NSW Premier and her “Health” and “Police” authorities when it comes to controlling people in Sydney I was very surprised to see that the controls seemed to fall apart in the Eastern parts of the great city as the first hints of summer arrived…

This is Bondi beach.

In more news from the world of youth – where the Left has placed its bets since the 1960’s Counter Culture revolution, with never-ending cries of “The Young Are With Us”, “Right-Side-Of-History” and all that – it would appear that there are cracks appearing, especially when it comes to “President” Biden.

“FUCK JOE BIDEN” seems to have exploded across college football stadiums in the USA.

This seems to be happening all over, as even the MSM have noticed, not to mention the drooling moron himself (BTW, check out that last link that shows this vaccinated man still wearing a mask – outdoors).

It’s amusing to see Democrats respond by demanding respect for the office, and the separation of politics and sport. Too late guys. Enjoy the new rules you made.

Or you could just scream into the void, as Joe Biden did the other day at a 9/11 ceremony. The look on Obama’s face is priceless, as in “What are you thinking, man?”. But this is yet another example of Joe’s dementia; he isn’t thinking and can’t control his impulses.

I think this may replace the famous Old Man Yells At Clouds meme from The Simpsons. It certainly has that vibe.

Impfung Macht Frei

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It is that sort of comparison that causes the opponents of the current Lockdowns to be ridiculed. And no, you won’t be able to convince me that basically I am (and just about everyone I know) is just the same as the Nazi SS.

That’s a quote from a commentator here a couple of weeks ago on my post about what was happening to Australian civil liberties, Civil liberties have gone to the dogs.

It was a direct response to this picture that I put at the end of the post, which is of course deliberately provocative in an effort to make people think about what they are enabling via their terrible fear.

So I was amused by this news out of the Prisoner Island the other day:

Members of the Orthodox Jewish congregation entered a building, believed to be a prayer room, near a Ripponlea synagogue early on Tuesday morning and told police they wouldn’t leave until nightfall.

Police surrounded the front and back entrances of the building and took details of those who began to file out just after 8pm.

Initial reports suggested up to 100 people had attended.

“My advice is really clear to the people who were there last night – come forward, identify yourselves and allow us to process you through our systems and apply the law as it is today,” said Assistant Commissioner Russell Barrett 

I say amused because Black Humour is the only way to deal with this appalling shit.

The camps are called “Centres for National Resilience.” No word yet on what sort of motto will hang above their gates, but my the title of this post is a suggestion.

Also from the Victorian Premier, Dan Andrews:

He said those who choose not to be vaccinated were “making the wrong choice”.

“We’re going to move from a system where we’ve got everyone locked down to a situation where, to protect the health system, we’re going to lock out people who are not vaccinated and can be,” he said.

“This becomes absolutely a pandemic of the unvaccinated and, when we open everything up, it’s not going to be safe for people who are not vaccinated to be roaming around the place spreading the virus.”

Good old Public Healthcare eh? Where the State decides whether you’ll be taken care of or not. In the past the Left always laughingly dismissed as paranoid conspiracy theory any claims that such healthcare systems held the possibility of some future political leader or party using the system as a weapon against people who opposed its policies, much as old regimes used food as a weapon to force people to do what they told them to.

And now here we are. Similar suggestions are being made by media voices in the USA who have millions of viewers and are 100% partisans for the Democrat Party:

In any case has anybody told these fanatics that we now know that vaccinated people can spread the virus too? Look at Israel.

How this is seen outside of Australia is well captured by good old TDS-suffering National Review in When a Western Society Goes Insane:

Lockdowns have cut a swath through the norms and conventions of an advanced Western democracy, from the suspension of a state-level parliament to the banning of protests to military enforcement of the COVID rules.

The spirit of the lockdowns was perfectly captured a few months ago by the chief health officer of the state of New South Wales who warned, “Whilst it is in human nature to engage in conversation with others, to be friendly, unfortunately this is not the time to do that.”

Ah yes, the public-health threat of over-chattiness.

The Australian news media might as well be an arm of the public-health bureaucracy, producing stilted and hysterical reports about lockdown violators worthy of some dystopian future.

They do have some good news though:

This period in its national life stands as a warning for how easily core freedoms can erode away in even a well-established democracy, but Australia isn’t going to become a dictatorship.

Well at least not until the next such virus hits, which is a certainty, though I doubt we’ll see any need for Standartenführer Hans Landa to interrogate farmers since the unclean will already be locked up in one place.

Die MSM, Die – NZ Siouxsie Wiles edition (updated)

I’m going to put this post up even though I have absolutely no faith that it will have any effect on the likes of TV1 or the rest of the NZ media.

They are who I’ve always known them to be. Shills for the Left in general and now, with $105 million of government money in their pockets, whores for the Labour government.

However, since it is a blog that broke this story, and since I’ve always argued that blogs are needed as a counter to the MSM, this is worth supporting.

The story belongs to Cameron Slater at his blog, the BFD, New Zealander of the Year Siouxsie Wiles – Unmasked:

Please don’t go out and chat with a friend while you are out, Wiles said.

Don’t hang around and have a chat, connect in other ways. We’ve got phones, we’ve got Skype, we’ve got Zoom…we need to physically disconnect for a little while,” she said.

Stay away from people.

RNZ 18 August 2021

There’s more detail at the link about all the roles that Wiles has in advising the PM and her apparently huge media profile (never have I been more glad to be ignoring all this). Suffice to say that it sounds very similar to the case last year of British epidemiologist Neil “500,000 UK deaths” Ferguson, who got caught breaking his own lockdown rules by having his mistress cross London for regular bonking sessions. Something recently repeated by the UK Health Minister.

I expect these people to be hypocrites with double standards and rules-for-thee-but-not-for-me. In the USA last year Dr Fauci was caught at a baseball game yukking it up in close proximity with friends while a mask merely dangled off his ear. Beloved US Lefty icon politician, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, was found putting a mask on for a group photo and then completely removing it as soon as the TV cameras were off. There was also California Governor Newsom’s maskless soiree at The French Laundry and Nancy Pelosi’s Napa Valley gathering of Democrat big wigs sans masks – aside from the waiters and the other little people servicing them of course.

So it goes with The Ruling Classes.

But at least in the case of Ferguson the British MSM had no hesitation in breaking the story. In NZ it’s different:

You may be wondering why it is The BFD that is making this public. The simple reason is that we are not part of the Prime Minister’s Team of $55 million. This story was given to 1News journalist Benedict Collins. After sitting on the story for five days he informed my source that they had spiked the story. The reason given was that it wasn’t a politician so there was no public interest in the story. Make no mistake, this story was suppressed by an editor at 1News.

As David Farrer says at his Kiwiblog link to this story:

If the person concerned with say an obscure ACT List MP (ie someone with no real power or influence), you can bet that TVNZ and all other mainstream media would be running this for days on end as a major story. But instead, they all ignore it.

Sure, David, sure. But do you expect them to change as a result of stories like this? DPF constantly links to them, providing them oxygen even as they die. There’s nothing to be done about the private sector MSM but the least a future National government can do is defund TV1, RNZ and NZ On Air. I assume that even Labour’s bribes will come to an end this year so we’ll see how many are left standing by 2023.

These people are not journalists. They’re Labour and Green Party operatives with bylines.

UPDATE

Ha ha. The other party has been identified. She’s Nicola Gaston, an associate professor at Auckland University. She’s been very outspoken about the need for hard lockdowns and that rules must be followed strictly.

She’s also a frequent contributor to NZ’s 21st century answer to The Listener, The Spinoff. Because of course she is.

These fucking people really do have it good in their insulated, self-protecting worlds where they get to tell everybody else how to live their lives with no consequences for themselves.

“An idea is like a virus,

…resilient, highly contagious and the smallest seed of an idea can grow. It can grow to define or destroy you”.

Ideas like lockdowns of entire national populations for example, even – or should I say especially – in Western democracies, having spread from the dominant global superpower, China.

Most Western democracies in fact, since “democracy” is increasingly something to chuckle about, especially at election time, rather like the term “post-Covid-19 world”.

Widely vaccinated Britain recorded 26,852 new cases on Tuesday. For New Zealand to experience a similar infection rate, it would need to record around 1,900 cases per day.”

The NZ government, the local MSM, and probably much of the population, would have heart attacks if we had 1900 cases per day. Mind you, that would remove the source of the virus – the idea virus that is.

Future Communist leaders will surely see that claiming a Public Health Emergency is much the most effective way of screwing over every other law of the land, mainly because it’s far superior to trying to do so via cultivating envy of your neighbour’s property or demonising capitalist counter-revolutionaries. With Public Health Emergencies you can actually enlist much of the population to be help as your willing executioners.

The sense of power and control over others is overwhelming, especially when added to self-righteousness. In the case of the talking-to-your-neighbours-will-kill-granny idea, that spread faster than the Delta virus from Australia to New Zealand. It had barely emerged from the mouth of the NSW Chief health wallah than it dropped out of the mouth of the New Zealand Prime Minister.

An idea is like a virus…

So to Australia, where it seems the natives are getting a bit restless, being locked up in their homes and all.

At least they were using pepper spray against adults this time, rather than 12-year old kids.

Beria would certainly have appreciated the following, although he may have thought the uniforms a bit too clunky.

You’d think you were watching a scene from some Middle Eastern dictatorship, but no, that’s Australia.

“Beachgoers sneaking out during Sydney’s Covid lockdown to soak up some winter sun have been sensationally lambasted by a hovering police helicopter,” The Daily Mail wrote. “Footage uploaded to TikTok shows officers in a chopper demanding sunbathers pack up and leave Gordon’s Bay … or be hit with fines for breaking stay-at-home orders.”

Remember: grandma could die if you step outside your homes and talk to your neighbours.

How about Germany?

Apparently Germany is going to introduce vaccine passports. Mind you they’ve got form on this sort of thing. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff Helge Braun stated that unvaccinated people, even if they test negative for Covid, would not be allowed to go to venues like restaurants, cinemas, or stadiums, because “the risk to everyone else is too high.”

I’m sure there are other anti-vaccination arguments that could be put forward, but announcements like that are probably the most effective of all.

France:

Some 3,000 security forces have been deployed around Paris in anticipation of more protests against the “health pass”, which will be required soon to enter restaurants and other places. The system — likened to vaccine passports — goes into effect on Aug. 9.

A teacher protesting in Paris told The Guardian that the health pass policy is creating segregation in France: “We’re creating a segregated society, and I think it is unbelievable to be doing this in the country of human rights. So I took to the streets; I have never protested before in my life … I think our freedom is in danger.”

I think you’re a bit late sweetie.

Italy:

… thousands of anti-vaccine-pass demonstrators marched in cities, including Rome, Milan, and Naples. Milan demonstrators stopped outside of the city’s courthouse chanting “Truth!” “Shame!” and “Liberty!” In Rome, they marched behind a banner reading “Resistance.”

Italian authorities have also approved the implementation of a health pass to enter bars, restaurants, and other venues. Critics of the measure argue that it’s draconian and infringes on basic personal liberties.

What’s the point of civil liberties and “freedum” if you’re dead: that’s the argument right?

English writer Mervyn Peake said “To live at all is miracle enough.” It’s a good line and I’ve quoted it for years, but but now I see merely to live at all is not enough, not nearly.

A caged bird is alive but without the freedom to fly the Limitless sky, it is denied everything that makes a bird in the first place. To be alive is not enough. What matters is to live in freedom. A bird is such a fragile creature. It’s really all and only about movement. Take away a bird’s movement and it’s a handful of feathers and air.

Got ya Reductio ad absurdum right here

In logic, reductio ad absurdum (Latin for “reduction to absurdity”), is the form of argument that attempts to establish a claim by showing that the opposite scenario would lead to absurdity or contradiction.

It can be used to disprove a statement by showing that it would inevitably lead to a ridiculous, absurd, or impractical conclusion, or to prove a statement by showing that if it were false, then the result would be absurd or impossible.

If the people in that video weren’t white and speaking in Aussie accents, you’d be mistaken for thinking this was coming out of some third-world dictatorship in the Middle East or South America. Afghanistan perhaps.

I’ve seen more than a few jibes in recent days about the comparison between the Taliban and Right Wing conservatives: you know the diatribe; anti-abortion, anti-gay, etc.

But those are just the symptoms. The true hallmark of the Taliban is authoritarianism and totalitarianism, and on that front the State governments of New South Wales and Victoria, and their Police, are the ones looking more like the Taliban every day.

If you support lockdowns don’t make excuses for what you’ve just seen and don’t kid yourself that it can’t happen here in New Zealand. What you’re seeing is the entirely logical result (the post started with a quote about logic) of how governments have reacted to Covid-19, especially with lockdowns that are repeated.

I’ve added the “Post Covid-19” tag on this post as a bit of a joke. This is our post-Covid-19 world.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 19, 2021 at 11:55 am

NATIONAL ON GANGS

Following on from Labour’s laundering of close to three million dollars of public monies from the proceeds of crime back to the Mongrel Mob I am pleased to see Judith Collins release National’s policy re gangs. In bullet point format ….

New Firearm Protection Orders to seize illegal guns from gangs.

Bring back Armed Response Teams.

New criminal offences for violent gang crime.

New Aggravating sentence in the Sentencing Act for gang members.

Ban on gang insignia in public places.

Trial tasers for Corrections Officers.

Increased penalties for assaulting Corrections Officers.

New Legislation – no public funding for gangs.

require gangs to prove income is legitimate.

Clearly National and Labour are chalk and cheese when it comes to gangs made worse by a Police Minister whose standing in the Police force is trending south at a rate of knots.

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July 22, 2021 at 10:21 am