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You can start practicing now

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Using this online version of the game, Papers Please.

Whichever side of the fence you’re going to be on, the one presenting the papers or the one examining them.

The NZ Police might like to consider letting their officers play this game so they can be ready for work on the Southern and Northern borders of Auckland city.

You play the role of a serious man – an inspector on the border between countries that are enemies. The events take place in 1982 in a fictional state Arstotzka. The main character gets the job on the border and controls the immigration process. All the migrants are trying to enter the territory of your country, but not all of them do. The reason is pretty simple – after the war ended, the enemies keep on trying to sneak on these territories. Each day, they will enter your office one by one, showing their documents, and trying to convince you that they can be trusted. Be careful – the task is to distinguish evil guys from ordinary people, keep the villains away, and let people enter. The more migrants you check, the higher you rating becomes. Not only you grow as a professional and get more chances to become the best worker. Also, you receive in-game cash for every session. This cash is spendable and you are the one to decide how to use them. The choice is yours!

Written by Tom Hunter

October 22, 2021 at 5:00 pm

Omens from Chicago

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When looking around the world for trends that may impact us here, we have increasingly looked at the USA over the last fifty years.

Even as a child I could still see in New Zealand many cultural influences from Britain, right down to children’s TV shows like Thunderbirds (although that was a mix) and slang, as well as countless British TV shows in drama and comedy. We were aware of American of course, who could not be with Hannah Barbera cartoons, Disney every Sunday evening and The Roadrunner. The movies were overwhelmingly American. US TV comedies were despised, with exceptions like All In The Family and Barney Miller.

But as I got older and into music it would be fair to say that the British music scene outweighed the American one, largely due to Punk attacking Disco, a distinct appeal to those of us who could not dance like Tony Manero.

Nowadays the cultural influence of America is vastly greater. Even as recently as twenty years ago a person using the word “pissed” was clearly talking about someone who is drunk. The American use of the word (angry) was barely known and a source of bemused puzzlement. Now among young people it’s standard thanks to US cultural spread via the giant new machines of Social Media, which dwarf their predecessors of TV, movies and radio.

The ideas are coming thick and fast too. Old Socialists still bitterly complain about “The Chicago School” of economics that smashed into this nation in the 1980’s. But the main ideas have come from the East and West coasts of the USA.

Still, Chicago can still be a place where ideas, both good and bad, can be seen in their practical, everyday implementation by supposedly solid Midwestern children of the prairie.

On the vibrant diversity front came a story about the wonderful Art Institute of Chicago, one of the great art museums of the world, with probably the finest Monet collection. Like most such places it’s kept afloat by a combination of regular charitable donations, permanent private endowments, and local government support, plus relatively small charges from the visiting public.

Even so, the place could not operate without the help of the docents, about a hundred unpaid guides who guide millions of visitors around the Institute every year, explaining the art. Given the lack of money for doing this, the docents are largely older, White women, and in our age that’s a problem:

The Art Institute of Chicago fired all of its trained volunteers and guides last month, who were mostly older White women, to diversify its team. 

“We were surprised, we were disappointed,” Gigi Vaffis, president of the docent council, said in an interview with radio station WBEZ of the firings. “There is an army of very highly skilled docents that are willing and ready and able to continue with arts education.”

Word to Democrat voting “Liberals” in the Blue Cities and States: you should not be surprised by this.

[The] executive director of learning and engagement, Veronica Stein, sent an email on Sept. 3 firing them all…The firings were apparently sparked by the fact that most of the docent staff was composed of older White, financially well-off women, the outlet reported. Stein said that the museum needed to take a new path:

“… in a way that allows community members of all income levels to participate, responds to issues of class and income equity, and does not require financial flexibility.” 

“Equity” is the new magic word being cast by the 21st Century Left – and they’re not just talking about income or wealth any longer. In fact they’re not talking about that at all as did the old communists. This “equity” applies to all areas of life, as the Chicago docents have just discovered.

Meantime the increasingly doomed Mayor of the town has little time to get involved in such fights – assuming she disagreed with them anyway, which she likely does not – because she’s engaged in bigger brawls, like with the Chicago Police Department over Covid-19 vaccine mandates:

So, what is Lightfoot up to, really, in this petty and vindictive Covid war of hers against cops and firefighters who don’t want to comply with her mandate? She threatened them last week, played her unnecessary game of chicken, and when cops pushed back, she ran to a judge to get a gag order put on the police union boss.

This week, on the day a police officer was shot in the face and survived, she was back at it, all cold bureaucratic vengeance, calling cops in, stripping the non-compliant, even if they’d been vaccinated, of their guns and badges. Police Supt. David Brown began threatening officers who are considering retirement—and there are thousands of them in police department that is down at least 1,000 officers. His memo states “sworn members who retire while under disciplinary investigations may be denied retirement credentials.”

Incredible. She’s actually threatening even the retirement packages of cops who think they can just retire instead of complying. That makes no sense outside of trying to demonstrate raw power. The problem is that Lightfoot does not have the real leverage that provides power, for three reasons. First, she’s already caved to the Chicago Teacher’s Union on various Covid issues. Second the people she’s now attacking were, in 2020, hailed as “heroes”, so it’s terrible PR to now threaten them, and it’s not just cops.

From the outset of the pandemic, as Chicago Public School teachers stayed at home, other city workers, cops, firefighters, paramedics, Streets & San workers, all showed up on the job. They came to work with no Covid protection, no real direction, just City Hall saying get out there and work.

The mayor calls non-compliant cops and firefighters “insurrectionists,” even though they’ve risked their lives for the people of Chicago throughout the pandemic. 

If you’re one of the propagandists about the January 6, 2021 “insurrection”, you’ll love that little shout-out. In the future crafted by the Democrats everybody, including the parents of school kids, will be an insurrectionist and a “Domestic Terrorist” – and probably not just for fifteen minutes.

Third, we’re talking about one third of the CPD quitting or being fired in a city that is already a war zone.

And she’s desperate. She can’t deal with skyrocketing violent crime, in the rough neighborhoods and now violence is in the Loop, on the North Side, everywhere. And now police are issuing warnings about violence on Michigan Avenue. She has no clue. She never had a clue.

The writer is long-time beat reporter, John Kass, long recognised as the inheritor of the world-famous shit-stirring Chicago journalist and writer, Mike Royko. He’s been a supporter of Lightfoot, but is now reluctantly looking elsewhere politically. Elsewhere meaning inside the Democrat Party.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 22, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Throw another granny on the tarmac

That’ll be the new phrase for Australia, rather than the famous 1980’s line run by Aussie comedian Paul Hogan in US TV advertisements promoting tourism to The Lucky Country.

Those of course ran in the wake of the famous 1983 America’s Cup victory by Australia and the huge 1986 movie hit that made Hogan a global star, Crocodile Dundee.

But that was a long time ago. As the famous phrase has it: The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.

I’m tempted to find out if my three Lefty friends in Melbourne support all this. They almost certainly voted for Dan Andrews and his Labour Party, so it’s likely they do. A big part of me does not want to know.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 30, 2021 at 2:00 pm

“This is for your safety”

It seems to me that there are a lot of things that Police forces around the world have done in the last few years that have cost them the support of the one ideological side of the fence that had their back.

And of course when the Left decides to back the Police, you know it’s going to get bad. Think Okhrana (bad) to Cheka (good).

And so…

Written by Tom Hunter

September 29, 2021 at 9:18 pm

Double Standards & Changing Narratives

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.

When the illusion shatters

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

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

Just as crazy up the coast

California continues to be the pacesetter for Leftist insanity in the USA, and since most people outside America usually pay attention to New York City and California, likely because of their enormous cultural influence around the world, it’s easy to forget the similar things are happening in other parts of that vast nation.

Oregon is next door to California, facing the Pacific. If anybody thinks of the place at all they think of forests and mist. But a lot of things have been happening there that are better guides to where Democrat rule in the US is leading than in California, which is protected somewhat by its wealth, or NYC and Chicago, Illinois, where thick layers of corruption complicate matters.

Oregon is seeing the results of its Democrat rule come fast and clear.

First up, Antifa have had a free run in the place for a long time now, to a far greater degree than anywhere else in the US. The result has been lots of violence, mostly directed at the police but occasionally at private citizens who got in Antifa’s way. The group has been especially hard on anybody who tries to film their activities, knowing the power of visual propaganda they don’t want it used against them, and also in keeping with their need to not be identified beneath their Black Bloc outfits.

The MSM has largely ignored them, leaving coverage to unaffiliated journalists like Andy Ngo, who has naturally taken the brunt of their online tracking and abuse, as well as physical attacks. But the other day a perfectly normal photographer, Maranie Staab, working for a perfectly normal outfit called “News2Share” (loves Dems, hates the GOP) made the mistake of doing some actual journalism on Antifa

This finally spurred the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) to speak up:

Assaulting journalists runs counter to the ideals of our democracy. SPJ Oregon stands by journalists’ First Amendment right to cover incidents and demonstrations and to provide clear documentation of these events to keep everyone informed.

As Ngo pointed out this is nothing new, having alerted SPJ years ago to this Portland Antifa poster, which they ignored.

The fact is that Official Portland has basically taken Antifa’s side across the board. Police have often failed to intervene when Antifa have attacked other groups – and not just their favourite boogeyman, The Proud Boys – but groups of Christians holding prayer vigils (“Where is your God now”).

Recently they chased a 65 year old man and started shooting at him. He shot back and was arrested. The Antifa shooters were not. Back in 2016, before most people had heard of Antifa, they beat up a reporter named Andy Strickland, who finally pulled a gun which got them to back off. No shots were fired but he was arrested and did 40 days in jail. His attackers were not arrested. Even though he’s been free a long time he continues to pursue the case, since he was ordered by the court to not record Antifa, which seems to me a pretty clear case of infringing his 1st Amendment rights, the thing that SPJ mentioned. As his lawyer said:

[R]ight now if you’re in the black bloc what do you think? I can harass somebody and get them arrested if they try to defend themselves.

And then they want people not to defend themselves so that they feel terrified, so that the[y] feel scared, so that they feel frightened, so that their behavior can be publicly and privately coerced. And that’s the danger. And that’s why this case is bigger than one person.

If this can happen to him here it can happen to anyone, anywhere, and it means that nobody is safe. And that’s why this case is so significant.

The MSM has simply followed along. Reporters “allowed” to cover them must give the group their explicit allegiance. They must be fellow travelers. The arrangement works just fine for Antifa. They loved the fashion spread done by The Washington Post in 2020 with dressed-up black-bloc Antifa members receiving glowing blurbs about how wonderful and virtuous they are. It was a disgusting display of gaslighting.

Antifa were also in the forefront of the Defund The Police effort, and they had some success, with the inevitable results of a massive increase in shootings and murder in Portland, plus a breakdown in the 911 system with callers waiting minutes to get through. The city did finally yield to reality and re-created the special gun-violence unit they had shut down in 2020, only to find that few cops wanted to join it. That’s the cops that remain; many have retired and not been replaced. One detective’s exit interview gave an insight as to why:

“The community shows zero support. The city council are raging idiots, in addition to being stupid. Additionally, the mayor and city council ignore actual facts on crime and policing in favor of radical leftist and anarchists’ fantasy.”

The city was recently sued by the family of Trump supporter, Aaron Danielson, who was stalked and murdered by an Antifa activist who was himself killed days later in a shootout with police trying to arrest him. The lawsuit claims that the death was preventable and was due to the hands-off policy of the city. Normally I would not expect such a lawsuit to win but in the case of Portland they’ve got a strong argument based on what city “leaders” have said and done:

Shortly before the filing of the lawsuit, Mayor Wheeler admitted the “hands-off strategies” for dealing with rioters was “not the right strategy,” Fox News reported.

“It is clear, based on the public outcry, on the media outcry, on the national front, that that strategy was not the right strategy,” the mayor said during a city council meeting last week, according to the Associated Press. “I think we can all acknowledge that. I take full responsibility for it.”

The lawsuit alleges that the police department’s Rapid Response Team, responsible for crowd control during protests and riots, was less than two blocks away from the shooting. The team was given orders to not get involved between dueling demonstrators.

A few months ago, with Trump safely out of office, Wheeler finally spoke out against Antifa:

“My good faith efforts at de-escalation have been met with ongoing violence and even scorn from radical Antifa and anarchists,…It’s time to push back harder against those who are set on destroying our community.”

Too late, idiot.

But he’s in good company. Just the other day the Governor of the state, Kate Brown, announced sweeping new mandates, masks in all indoor and outdoor settings, regardless of vaccination status, plus the now-standard vaccine mandates for paramedics and firefighters. She’s been warned as to what will happen across the state:

Williams also noted that 25% or more of the firefighters in his district would also quit to avoid a vaccine mandate. He said this would devastate the ability of the Aurora Fire Department to respond to emergencies.

In Baker City, the firefighters’ union rep testified to the city council that 100% of the department would resign over the mandate.

“We had nursing staff testify in droves. They will walk. We will not have enough staff locally to handle anything at the hospital. I have heard from two Oregon Department of Forestry offices that they will be gutted. No response crews left for wildfires. And I could go on and on about the rest of the state departments.

But it’s the small cities that are going to be destroyed. Comply with the mandate and lose all of our staff. Spend hundreds of thousands of dollars re-recruiting and training. Let people die. Or don’t comply and spend at least tens of thousands of dollars fighting it in court, and probably losing our city manager and fire chief anyway because they can’t be held personally responsible for fines. She’s killing us.”

No wonder parts of the state want to secede and join Greater Idaho.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 14, 2021 at 5:59 pm

The Peasants Are Revolting

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.

Better living through superior management

The truly horrifying thing about the following story from US magazine, The Atlantic, is not the technology, or the tech companies undoubtedly pushing it, or the Police and Health authorities who simply see it as a way of coping with an otherwise unmanageable problem.

No, it’s the fact that political leaders buy into it so easily with seemingly not a thought for anything else.

But more horrifying still will be the likelihood that the people themselves will go for this if they’re frightened enough: the “large consensus” that politicians regard as the Holy Grail.

Australia Traded Away Too Much Liberty:

People in South Australia will be forced to download an app that combines facial recognition and geolocation. The state will text them at random times, and thereafter they will have 15 minutes to take a picture of their face in the location where they are supposed to be. Should they fail, the local police department will be sent to follow up in person. “We don’t tell them how often or when, on a random basis they have to reply within 15 minutes,” Premier Steven Marshall explained. “I think every South Australian should feel pretty proud that we are the national pilot for the home-based quarantine app.”

What reasons can people give for this not coming to New Zealand soon?

Written by Tom Hunter

September 3, 2021 at 1:31 pm